Virility Drug in China’s Alcohol
Two distillers in the Guangxi region of China are under police investigation for a possible addition of Viagara the anti-impotence drug. In the South China city of Liuzhou 5,300 bottles of alcohol were seized along with packets of a white powder called Sildenafil (Viagra). It is a drug to be taken with caution and people over 65 should take only half a doze a day.
The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration found the powder was added to three different types of ‘baijiu’ a popular alcohol which is a strong, clear spirit.
The seized material was worth 700,000 yuan (£72,000; $113,000).
China faces widespread food safety problems.
- In June 100,000 tonnes of smuggled meat several years old was seized.
- In 2008 tainted milk scandal rocked the nation.
- About 300,000 people were affected when they drank melamine-tainted milk of whom at least six were babies.