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  1. Lifestyle - Health - QUIZ CADMIUM

    Quiz: Cadmium in food

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:00am by JEANETTE WANG

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Cadmium, a heavy metal that occurs naturally in the earth's crust, ranks high on the list of environmental toxins that pose considerable health threats. According to the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety, cadmium is ingested mainly through food. Plants, animals, fish and shellfish will absorb cadmium when grown in a contaminated ...

  2. Cadmium spill sees plants given marching orders

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... cadmium spill that has threatened the drinking water of millions of people for weeks. Liao Jincheng, director of Hechi's Development and Reform Commission, said all the companies should be moved to an industrial park far from the city, and those that refused to move would be closed this year. The cadmium spill was first detected in the Longjiang River on January 15 in Hechi ...

  3. Nine punished for cadmium spill

    Posted Feb 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Guangxi's regional government has disciplined a vice-mayor of Hechi and eight other officials responsible for the cadmium contamination ... in decades, is believed to have been caused by the illegal of dumping of about 20 tonnes of life-threatening cadmium into the Longjiang, a tributary of the Pearl River, by two smelters in Hechi. Hechi ...

  4. Asian factories among the least safe, group says

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a factory worker from a southern Chinese province, is one victim of occupational hazards. She is struggling with kidney failure from cadmium poisoning after 14 years of working at a battery factory with poor safety standards. Cadmium, an extremely toxic metal, is commonly found at industrial workplaces. Because the maximum safe limit for exposure to cadmium is low, overexposure may occur even ...

  5. Toxic metal spill may be worst in decades

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... chemical spill in decades. Local officials have been accused of lax management and secrecy in dealing with the contamination. As much as 20 tonnes of cadmium, one of the most toxic of metals, may ... tonnes of cadmium had already been neutralised by the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of chemical powder, there were still 13 tonnes of the heavy metal pollutant left undissolved in the river more ...

  6. Metal spill weighs on city's success

    Posted Feb 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com The massive cadmium spill has again highlighted the mainland's widespread metal poisoning troubles and put the pollution problems caused by the rise ... tonnes of life-threatening cadmium into the Longjiang, a tributary of the Pearl River, by two smelters in the city of Hechi. Hechi, in northwestern Guangxi, is famed for its economic rise ...

  7. Failure to find cause of toxic spill

    Posted Jan 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Fiona Tam fiona.tam@scmp.com Environmental authorities in Guangxi have not pinned down the source of a carcinogenic cadmium spill into two rivers a fortnight ago that has threatened ... cent of the cadmium in the Long River in Yizhou, where the spill occurred, was being neutralised with tonnes of chemical powder. 'The remaining 20 per cent of the pollutants ...

  8. Dead fish, toxic drinking water... Now for the human toll

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the pollution horror gripping the city. Pictures of a river of dead fish shocked the nation and led to the discovery that 21 tonnes of cadmium, a life-threatening toxic metal had been leaked into the Longjiang. The scale of the spill is equal to about two-thirds of the total amount of cadmium discharged nationwide in 2010. Experts warned of an immediate health and environmental challenge as well ...

  9. No easy fix as huge spill threatens Liuzhou's water

    Posted Jan 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... as local authorities scramble to prevent carcinogenic cadmium from drifting further downstream, including to Guangdong. Despite repeated reassurances by Guangxi authorities about the safety of its ... with cadmium levels five times above the national standard for drinking water as of yesterday, Xinhua reported. Tests conducted yesterday morning showed that cadmium levels within a 16-kilometre radius ...

  10. Health bites

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in humans too, says Cortes-Rojo. Cadmium linked to breast cancer Prolonged exposure to a heavy metal commonly found in cosmetics, food, water and air particles has been shown to cause breast cancer to advance more aggressively. Cadmium exposure- even at a low level- can act as an endocrine disruptor and mimic oestrogen, causing abnormal growth of mammary gland cells that result in breast ...




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