Chinese Restaurants Caught Putting Opium Powder in Food | China Uncensored

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Wow, how do make such great noodles? Shh.

Ancient Chinese secret.

My sister.

Some hotshot! Here's her ancient Chinese secret.

Opium poppy powder.

Opium poppy powder contains traces of morphineand codeine, for that satisfied post-hotpot feeling.

It’s guaranteed to keep you coming backfor more.

Ancient Chinese secret, huh? Well, ok.

Ancient British secret.

Hi, welcome to China Uncensored, I'm your host Chris Chappell.

You know, it was the ancient Greek physicianHippocrates who famously said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine bethy food.

" Well, that's actually the way traditionalChinese medicine looks at food, too.

But I don't think they had this in mind.

"35 restaurants are in trouble with the Chinese government after adding that special something to their dishes.

The secret ingredient was ground poppy powder.

" Poppy powder.

You know, the stuff that's used to make morphine, opiumand heroin.

Now I know why Kung Fu Panda couldn't stop eating.

Suddenly MSG doesn't seem so bad.

Five of these restaurants in China are alreadybeing prosecuted, while the other 30 are still under investigation.

The restaurants range from noodle shops anddumpling joints, to one of the most popular Beijing hotpotchains.

Now it's unclear how effective it is in thesedoses, but some cooks believe adding ground poppypowder can get customers hooked on their food.

Cooks? More like crooks.

I mean, can you imagine adding a potent narcoticjust to sell your product? Anyway, I believe we have footage from insideone of these restaurants in Chongqing.

Something with poison in it I think.

Poppies.

Poppies.

" Now this isn't the first time this has happened.

According to the Guardian, a noodle seller was busted for this in 2014, seven restaurants were closed in 2012, and 215 restaurants were shutdown in 2004.

C'mon, people.

Don't you know that China's Food Safety Lawforbids businesses from selling food made with "nonfood materialsor chemicals"? Like melamine in milk.

Or heavy metals in rice.

The problem is, according to a professor from China AgriculturalUniversity, "There are so many restaurants in China, and it is very difficult to effectively inspectevery one of them to ensure they all follow the law.

" That's the funny thing, in a country without the rule of law, you have a hard time getting people to followthe law.

Plus, all the government's inspection resources are busy spying on China's 700 million Internetusers.

Now, China seems to frequently suffer fromhorrendous food scandals.

Ground poppy seeds that may or may not doanything are really the least of the country's worries.

Toxic bean-sprouts.

Glow-in-the-dark meat.

Exploding watermelons.

Well the list really goes on.

And on.

It's even affected Western companies operatingin China.

A Shanghai-based supplier was giving unsanitaryexpired chicken meat to, among others, Starbucks, KFC, and McDonalds.

Many China social commentators say it comesfrom a society pushing to get rich quick, without really thinking of the long-term consequences.

Case in point, basing your country's energy resources aroundcoal.

So what do you think? And if you've been to China, go to the China Uncensored Facebook page nowand leave a comment or post a video about the craziest food experience you'vehad in mainland China.

I may even feature the best stories in oneof my videos.

Once again I'm Chris Chappell, see you nexttime.