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Jan 22, 2016 06:26 PM

China FDA Cracks Down on Restaurants Serving Food Laced with Poppy Extracts

Three restaurants on Beijing's Ghost Street, a popular tourist landmark,were found to be serving food laced with banned poppy shell extracts
Three restaurants on Beijing's Ghost Street, a popular tourist landmark,were found to be serving food laced with banned poppy shell extracts

(Beijing) - China Food and Drug Administration (China FDA) says it has found 35 restaurants nationwide, including a popular crayfish chain in Beijing, have been using banned chemical additives extracted from poppy shells as seasoning.

The administration has referred 25 cases to local prosecutors' offices for criminal further investigation and they have pressed charges against owners of five restaurants for producing and selling poisonous and harmful foodstuff, China FDA said in a statement on January 20. The regulator said that it is investigating 10 other companies.

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