food products

Dozens of restaurants in China caught lacing food with opium in attempt to hook customers on their food

Chinese state officials say that thirty-five restaurants across China, including a popular chain of hot pot restaurants in Beijing, have been found using opium as seasoning in their food. The China Food and Drug Administration won’t say how or why the opium was placed in the restaurant food but it is believed (based on past cases) that the chefs are trying to “hook” customers on their food and keep them coming back for more. Opium of course, is a narcotic that is highly addictive, and can be easily added to food by sprinkling it with opium poppy seeds. According to Medical Daily: "The administration released a statement this week saying that dozens of restaurants were under investigation for seasoning noodles, hotpot, grilled fish, and fried chicken with

Yuck! What’s this tiny mysterious sea creature found in a can of tuna fish?

Zoe Butler was more than disturbed when she opened a can of tuna to find a tiny little sea creature staring back at her. According to Butler, she opened the top of the lid and noticed an ugly “purply thing” which after pushing around with a fork, “saw it looking back at me.”  Butler told reporters: "I dropped the fork, jumped back, screamed a bit and shouted for my nanny to come and have a look.” Nobody is quite sure what the bug-eyed creature is but suggestions include the fetus of a blowfish, a tadpole, a juvenile crab, the head of a soft-shelled turtle, and the head of a tongue-eating louse (a parasite that lives inside fish, entering through the gills and attaching itself to the unsuspecting

Woman with craving for toilet paper maintains a diet of one toilet paper roll per day

The condition is called pica, and like a pregnant woman who hungers for unusual food combinations, 25-year-old Jade Sylvester’s cravings cause her to consume toilet paper at a rate of about one toilet paper roll per day. Jade, who hails from England, says her cravings began during her pregnancy over a year ago and notes the bizarre eating habit began slowly, with just a few nibbles.  She insists that taste is not really the reason she enjoys eating the powdery paper.. "Two months into the pregnancy, I started craving toilet roll. I still don't know why. I like the feeling of the texture in my mouth, rather than the taste. I like the dryness.  At first I used to eat a couple of squares at a time,

Unapproved genetically modified “mutant” wheat found growing on farm in Oregon

This week, federal officials announced that they had found unapproved, genetically modified wheat growing on farms in Oregon. They noted that wheat of this type was developed by Monsanto to resist the herbicide Roundup during the late 1990's and early 2000's. According to officials, for unknown reasons, Monsanto suddenly “dropped the project” in 2005 before seeking FDA approval. The department said they had not determined if any of the wheat had yet entered the food supply or into grain shipments. The genetically modified wheat was found in at least two fields in the area. A similar situation occurred in 2006 when unapproved genetically engineered rice was found growing in a farmer's field. In that particular case, since the rice had been engineered to resist herbicides, it grew