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Dozens of Chinese restaurants caught using opium to season their food

BEIJING — China's food and drug watchdog agency has found dozens of restaurants using opium to season their food, according to a report by Britain's The Independent citing government officials. Five restaurants are currently being prosecuted and 30 others under investigation by the country's Food and Drug Administration for using opium poppies as seasoning. Unsurprisingly, it is illegal to use poppy powder as a food additive in China, according to a BBC report. The dozens of restaurants around the country caught in the investigation include a popular Beijing hot pot chain. The incident is far from the first example of restaurants in China failing drug tests. In 2004, 215 restaurants in Guizhou province alone were closed after being caught with opium-laced food, according to The Independent.----------------------------------------­­---------------------Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off.Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.netCheck out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCjCheck out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1fGet top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletterStay connected with us here:Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUSTwitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUSGoogle+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus

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