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Restaurant boss gets 10 months

A restaurant owner has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan (US$800) by Minhang District People’s Court for using poppy seeds in soups and sauces served to his customers, food safety officials said yesterday.

Zhou Huaming, the owner of the Longbai Chending Chicken Restaurant in Minhang, was also stripped of his business license and banned from operating a food-related business for five years, the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said.

Following a raid on the restaurant in July last year, officials seized 83 kilograms of food described as “tainted.”

Several soup and sauce samples were found to contain morphine and papaverine (a vasodilator), the administration said, adding that Zhou used the poppy seeds from April to July, 2013.

Since the introduction of tighter food safety rules last June, dozens of restaurateurs have been charged with violations ranging from the use of banned ingredients — like poppy seeds — to cooking with recycled waste oil, the administration said.


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