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article imageDistillers lacing popular Chinese spirits with Viagra

By Caroline Leopold     Aug 2, 2015 in Crime
Distillers in China have been adding Viagra and other drugs to thousands of bottles of spirits, claiming the alcohol additives preserved health, officials said.
Food safety inspectors grabbed more than 5,300 bottles of alcohol during a spot inspection in the city of Liuzhou, in Southern China according to the BBC.
They also found packets of white-powdered substances. They identified the powders as sildenafil and tadalafil, which are known as the anti-impotence drugs, Viagra and Cialis, respectively.
Police in the Guangxi region are now investigating the two distillers. The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said (in Chinese) that the powder was added to three different types of "baijiu: — a clear distilled spirit that is the most popular drink in China.
The spirits has also been laced with other drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers, and other illegally added chemicals, according to officials.
Officials said the seized contraband was worth up to 700,000 yuan ($113,000 U.S.).
Doctors recommend that adults should take only one dose of anti-impotence drugs per day, and older adults usually take a lower dose.
Viagra and Cialis can be taken with alcohol, but moderation is advised. Even more concerning is that people taking these powerful drugs without their knowledge because people with heart conditions, blood disorders and other medical conditions may not be good candidates to take anti-impotence drugs.
China continues to face widespread food safety problems, which is a major concern for the nation.
Beijing tightened food safety rules and pledged a crackdown on food smuggling.
In June, police in cities across China seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat, some of which was more than 40 years old, according to Reuters.
Before then, a tainted milk scandal outraged the nation in 2008. Some 300,000 people were affected and at least six babies died after consuming milk adulterated with melamine.
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