The restaurant industry is fierce with competition. Every restaurant tries to out do the others by devising recipes that keep the customers coming back. Usually the proprietors stay within the bounds of the law. People don’t play about their food, but the law doesn’t play about criminal activity either. A restaurant owner in China learned this lesson the hard way.
The controversy concerned a noodle shop in Yan’nan owned by a man who goes by the name, Zhang. Police put their sights on Zhang after a customer tested positive for drugs during a routine traffic stop.
The man was held for 15 days until some of his relatives were sent to the restaurant to sample the noodles in question. They ended up testing positive for drugs, too.
Zhang was arrested shortly after and detained for ten days. He admitted to buying 4.4 pounds of poppy buds which contain opium poppy seeds. He would grind the poppy seeds into powder and make narcotic edibles for his menu unbeknownst to customers. This practice has been popular in China in the past, but opium has since been banned.