Hutchison Whampoa is a Fortune 500 company and one of Hong Kong’s largest listed companies. It is 49.97 per cent owned by the Cheung Kong Group, a property company. Hutchison’s origins date back to two companies founded in the 19th century – Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, established in 1863 by British merchant John Duflon Hutchison, and Hutchison International in 1877. In 1977, Hutchison became Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Its operations include ports, with operations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, property and hotels, retailing through AS Watson & Co, PARKnSHOP supermarkets, Fortress electrical appliance stores, telecommunications through Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. It is also involved in infrastructure through its infrastructure arm, Cheung Kong Infrastructure, and has an interest in Hongkong Electric Holdings (HEH), the sole electricity supplier to Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. Hutchison is also a major shareholder of Husky Energy, one of Canada’s largest energy and energy related companies. It is headed by Li Ka-shing, Asia’s wealthiest man, who has been nicknamed “Superman” because of his investment prowess.
Five pesticides discovered on pear
A pear sample taken from the shelf of a supermarket has been found with traces of a highly toxic pesticide that is banned in Hong Kong.
The pear was among 18 samples bought from four supermarkets and a wet market by Greenpeace activists.
It also had traces of four other pesticides, including one listed by the World Health Organisation as a moderate toxic.
Of the 17 vegetables and one fruit, 15 were found to have varying degrees of pesticide contamination, with an individual sample of Indian Lettuce having traces of up to 17 pesticides.
Greenpeace questioned the effectiveness of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's existing surveillance schemes, mainly random checks, on imported food.
The study focused on Wellcome stores in Kwong Wah Street and Shanghai Street, Kowloon, a ParknShop in Cheung Fat Estate, Tsing Yi, Jusco supermarket in Lam Tin and Shek Tong Tsui market in Western. The pear was the only sample with methidathion, a highly-toxic pesticide listed by the World Health Organisation, and chlorpyrifos, listed as moderately toxic.
A total of 38 pesticides were identified on the 18 samples, though concentration levels were still within the maximum allowed in Hong Kong.
Wellcome and ParknShop said they followed food safety regulations.