A survey by Xinhua News Agency showed that poppy capsules have been illegally used as a condiment in foods such as hot pot, noodles and crayfish in some restaurants to create repeating customers in several provinces, the agency reported on Thursday [30 October 2014]. Xinhua found cases of poppy capsule usage in multiple regions including northwest China’s Shaanxi province, southwest China’s Sichuan province and Shanghai municipality…Full Article: China Daily Oct 2014

Key Point

  • Although Chinese law forbids the use of poppy capsules in food, it is possible to purchase capsules (retail and online) for approximately CNY 400 (US$65) per kg.

ChinaAg Comments

  • The poppy capsule is the dry fruit chaff of the opium poppy flower (i.e. the globular flower head minus the seeds).
  • In traditional Chinese medicine, poppy capsules are used to treat chronic coughing, diarrhea, and other lung/intestinal ailments.

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