Flora of Indonesia

'Wash fruit' warning after contamination

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 12:00am

People were warned to wash fruit before eating it after Singapore and Malaysia banned imports of longans, durians and lychees from Thailand because they were contaminated with sulphur dioxide. A government spokeswoman said officials would step up checks of the fruit.

Sulphur dioxide can induce allergic reactions, especially in asthma patients, but is not a dangerous substance in itself.