Sex drugs found in booze

You may get more than a stiff drink from consuming these alcohols from China - they're laced with Viagra.

Chinese authorities have seized thousands of bottles of spirits laced with chemicals used to make erectile dysfunction drugs, including Viagra, officials said.

Two manufacturers in Liuzhou were found to be adding substances such as sildenafil and tadalafil, the chemicals more commonly known by their brand names Viagra and Cialis, to their baijiu products, the local food and drug administration said in a statement.

Baijiu, or white alcohol, is a traditional Chinese spirit distilled from sorghum or wheat, with a distinctive flavour and high alcohol content.

The makers called their products "Kungfu Alcohol" and "Life-nourishing Liquor," among other labels, said authorities in the southern region of Guangxi at the weekend.


The authorities had seized more than 5,300 bottles and nearly 1,200 kilograms of additive chemicals.

The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities.

China has a long history of brewing supposedly aphrodisiac medical drinks, traditionally produced with animal penises.

Sildenafil and other such chemicals are banned in food and drink under Chinese law, but reports of illegal additions have previously made headlines.

A brewery owner in the central province of Hubei was detained in August last year for adding Sildenafil to his products, reports said. Food safety is a chronic problem in China and public anxiety over cases of fake or toxic food often spreads quickly.

In June, state media said Chinese customs had seized around 3 billion yuan (S$665 million) worth of smuggled meat, some more than 40 years old and rotting, the latest in a grim series of food safety scares.

In 2013, police said they broke up a gang that passed off more than US$1 million (S$1.3 million) worth of rat and small mammal meat as mutton.

This article was first published on August 4, 2015.
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