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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chinese Restaurant Caught Lacing Noodles with Opium

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

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Here's one way to drum up repeat business: Spike your food with an addictive substance. At least that was thinking behind a Chinese noodle vendor's decision to start coating his noodles with powdered poppy plant, the substance used to make opium.

The Shaanxi noodle vendor was caught when a customer tested positive for opium not long after eating at the restaurant — and was held under suspicion of drug abuse until his family figured out they also tested positive.

Apparently this isn't super-uncommon in China either: CNN reports that similar cases happened in 2010 and 2012.

[via BBC, CNN]

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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