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article imageShanghai FDA alerted to poppy shells, food additives in hotpots

By Adeline Yuboco     Jan 4, 2011 in Food
Shanghai - Authorities from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Shanghai started off the New Year with a city-wide inspection of various hotpot restaurants after a practice of adding poppy shells in the soup was discovered in other cities in China.
According to Du Bing, an official of the Shanghai FDA, the illegal use of poppy shells and other food additives have been a practice in many hotpot restaurants in order to make the soup more tasty and the eaters addicted to it, causing them to come back for more.
"[The use of] poppy shells [in hotpot restaurants] have not been detected in years," Du Bing told the Shanghai Daily who pointed out that the agency does regular inspections to see whether or not they use poppy shells in the broth.
Restaurants serving hotpot dishes to customers will be required to open their records to show officials from the FDA where they had purchased their ingredients. Should officials find poppy shells were used by the restaurant or food outlet, they would be immediately shut down, CNN reports.
In addition to this, hotpot restaurants and food outlets--particularly those in the town of Nanjing in the province of Jiangsu--were also reported to also use a number of illegal food additives, chemicals, and synthetic compounds in the broth to enhance its aroma, spicy taste, and give the broth its distinctive bright red color. Some of these have been found to be dangerous to the health of consumers. Unfortunately, officials said that these are a lot more difficult to detect than poppy shells.
Poppy shells are the outer covering of the fruit of the poppy plant. According to AllergyNet:
Poppy seeds are used as a condiment with baked goods and pastries for their nutty odor and flavor. Poppy oil is widely used as an edible cooking oil.
Hotpot lovers are advised by Shanghai FDA officials are encouraged to avoid small hotpot restaurants and food outlets in the country for health safety reasons.
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