A man in a chef's uniform jogs past a branch of the Hu Da hot pot restaurant chain in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Thirty-five restaurants across China, including a popular Beijing hot pot chain, have been found illegally using opium poppies as seasoning, one of the more unusual practices bedeviling the country's food regulators.Five restaurants are being prosecuted while 30 others, ranging from Shanghai dumpling joints to noodle shops in southwestern Chongqing, are under investigation, said the China Food and Drug Administration.Seven restaurants were closed in Ningxia province in 2012 for using the additive and Guizhou province shut down 215 restaurants in 2004 .
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