CLAIM: Restaurants in China lace their food with morphine to make customers chemically addicted… Big Food does the same thing in the USA with MSG
The next time you hear someone praising the Chinese for their business practices, remember this story and let your China cheerleader know their enthusiasm is, to put it mildly, misplaced.
As the United States battles a Big Pharma-induced opioid addition and overdose epidemic, the International Business Times is reporting that as least 35 restaurants in China have been caught adding opiates to their food, so that repeat business will rise dramatically.
IBT notes that the restaurants came under scrutiny after it was discovered they were illegally lacing their foods with morphine, codeine and other highly addictive opiates, according to the China Food and Drug Administration. Chinese authorities are now reportedly investigating how the illegal drugs were added to foods.
The Times, citing information reported by China’s official news agency, Xinhua, said that dishes that were spiked with opiates included noodles, hotpot and lobsters. Thus far, five of the 35 eateries are being prosecuted while investigators continue to look into possible illegal opiate addition at the remaining restaurants. The restaurants appear to all be located in the capital of Beijing.