Close to 35 restaurants in China have been found to be spiking their food with opiates, including morphine and codeine. There is currently an investing to find out exactly how these establishments have been doing it.
Food that has been found to have been laced with opiates include noodles, hotpot and lobsters, according to local news, and 5 of the 35 restaurants under investigation are currently being prosecuted. "Consuming soup or hot pots mixed with poppies for a long time will make you become addicted ... and eventually lead you to drug abuse in serious cases," said Wei Tao, deputy chief of the Food Institute with Guizhou Provincial Centre for Disease Control.
In an earlier case, one restaurant owner was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lacing his food with poppy powder, a powerful opiate. When mixed with chili oil or Chinese salt, it is hard to detect, especially in low quantities. However, over time the small amounts can build up in the system and seriously affect the human body.
China is not known for its high food standards and regulations, however, this news is none-the-less, fucking crazy.