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  1. Cadmium sales stopped to avert more toxic spills

    Posted Dec 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Qingyuan The central government has asked several neighbouring provinces to stop supplying cadmium to factories in Guangdong in a bid to prevent a repeat of last ... the discharge into the river, which supplies drinking water to millions of people. The State Bureau of Environmental Protection has asked Guangxi, Yunnan and Hunan to stop sending cadmium material ...

  2. Smelting officials punished for Beijiang cadmium leak

    Posted Jan 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Ten officials from a Guangdong smelting plant have been punished over their mishandling of a cadmium leak in the Beijiang last month. The officials, from Shaoguan Smelter ... with cadmium into the Beijiang, or North River, due to mishandling during regular maintenance on December 15. Factory head Zhang Weijian, was given a severe warning by the party and an administrative ...

  3. Watchdog finds toxin in peanuts

    Posted Dec 16th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... products containing peanuts, out of which 23- including kernels, candies, peanut butter and a biscuit- tested positive for cadmium, a metal that causes deterioration of kidney function. Two of the peanut kernel samples- Best Buy Tien Fu Peanuts and Wholesome Choice Peanuts- contained amounts of cadmium that slightly exceeded the mainland's standard. The council used the mainland ...

  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 ...

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    Dangerous chemicals found in south China river

    Posted Jul 06th 2013, 08:15pm by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... A river in southern China that is used as a drinking source has been found to be polluted with excessive amounts of the dangerous chemicals thallium and cadmium. The official Xinhua News ... that the Fengkai county government has warned the local water plant and residents against using the water or eating anything from the river. Cadmium is considered an environmental hazard, and thallium ...

  6. Study finds high levels of metals in shellfish

    Posted Mar 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Heavy metal levels in three species of shellfish commonly available in local restaurants exceed the legal limit by up to 15 times, a City University study has found. Cadmium, a heavy metal ... bought in Tsuen Wan's Yeung Uk Road wet market in October. Cadmium in scallops was found to be 28.6 parts per million, 15 times higher than Hong Kong's legal limit of two ppm, according ...

  7. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Breathing Hong Kong's toxic cocktail of pollutants makes us stupid

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:59am by STPEHN THOMPSON

    ... decreased muscle and bone growth and kidney and hearing damage. Other common toxic heavy metals include mercury, cadmium and zinc, which can alter our DNA. They are released by coal-burning power ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China must tackle soil pollution as a priority to safeguard food chain

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 03:58am by SCMP Editorial

    ... kilometres- two-thirds of China's land area- showed 16.1 per cent of soil and 19.1 per cent of arable land had been contaminated. The main pollutants were cadmium, nickel and arsenic, the result ... of Environmental Protection last year rejected a request filed by a Beijing lawyer on the grounds that the data was a state secret. But scandals involving cadmium-tainted rice and the identification ...

  9. Villagers besiege police over arrests in poison death protest

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... of the worst-hit villages, said the Xianghe Chemical Plant was just metres from houses and farmland. 'We have suffered cadmium and indium poisoning for the last six years,' he said. Cadmium and indium are heavy metals. Cadmium is a chemical element used in battery production, and indium is a key metal used in the production of liquid crystal displays. They can cause digestive system ...

  10. Toxic chemical found in workers

    Posted Jul 04th 2004, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... admitted to hospital after testing positive for high levels of cadmium, a toxic chemical. Scores are still being treated a month later. About 20 were in a more serious condition and admitted ... executive. He is also the chairman of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. Chronic exposure to cadmium, which is a major element in nickel-cadmium batteries, can cause lung cancer and kidney ...




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