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  1. More action needed to protect food chain

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A Baptist University study has revealed levels of the cancer-causing heavy metal cadmium exceed Hong Kong standards in some of our farm and supermarket vegetables, including the staples choi sum ... that cadmium levels in mainland vegetables have risen. Cadmium, which causes infertility, is found on the surface of vegetables. Fine-particle, heavy-metal pollution is finding its way into our food ...

  2. Wrong side of the river

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with the massive toxic metal spill in Guangxi. Nearly a month after one of the worst cadmium contaminations on the mainland in decades, the 21-year-old and his parents, who make a living from fishing, ... by cadmium, one of the most toxic metals on earth. Beiji villagers are particularly bitter that while they are left helpless, two villages sitting on the opposite river bank have enjoyed freshwater ...

  3. Toxic fears near HK water supply source

    Posted Oct 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of heavy metals were found near a Huizhou factory and close to the source of Hong Kong's water supplies. Greenpeace found the level of cadmium, a heavy metal used in the production of batteries, to be 19 times higher than the Hong Kong standard in samples taken from an open drain outside the factory in mid-July. It also discovered excess levels of cadmium, cobalt, nickel and zinc ...

  4. Race to provide fresh water to towns in path of toxic slick

    Posted Dec 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was polluted by cadmium waste discharged by a state-owned smelting plant six days ago. The level of cadmium concentration in the Beijiang was found to be 10 times over the safety limit, Xinhua reported. The Beijiang is one of Guangdong's main rivers and provides drinking water for millions of people in Yingde, Qingyuan, Foshan and Guangzhou. Serious exposure to cadmium can cause ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Paper Talk, July 6, 2013

    Posted Jul 06th 2013, 12:00am by Cynthia Wu, JASMINE CHAN

    ... of cadmium found in rice noodles from Dongguan Some rice noodles for sale in the city have been found to contain unsafe levels of cadmium, a heavy metal that can harm the kidneys. An Oriental Daily ... levels of cadmium far above that considered safe for consumption. All eight samples were manufactured in Dongguan. Mainland media reported in February that some of 13,000 tonnes of contaminated ...

  6. Toxic metals found in fish

    Posted Dec 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jessie Hui High concentrations of heavy metals, including cadmium and lead, have been found in seafood in the Pearl River Estuary (PRE). The research, carried out by the Hong Kong ... concentrations of cadmium-commonly used in batteries- were found to be the highest in shrimp. The mean and median concentrations of the metal in crab, shrimp and shellfish all exceeded China's ...

  7. High trace metal levels in estuary fish samples

    Posted Nov 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of fish, six shrimp species, crabs and shellfish, were taken from seven locations in the estuary in April 2003. Levels of eight trace metals- cadmium, nickel, vanadium, zinc, chromium, cobalt, copper and lead- were measured. There were high concentrations of lead in fish and cadmium in crab, shrimps and shellfish. In particular, a sample of spinefoot fish had a maximum 30.7 micrograms ...

  8. The village that's too scared to drink

    Posted Feb 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the environment and not to let anyone drink a drop of contaminated water. Hechi authorities insisted that only two villages were affected by the spill, which saw as much as 20 tonnes of cadmium ... at being treated differently from villagers across the river, the residents of Beiji say they have been kept in the dark about the health hazards posed by cadmium. They were also told by Yizhou ...

  9. Workers sue over alleged poisoning at battery plant

    Posted Oct 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... checks. Mr Zhou said the court was deciding whether to accept the case. The factories were hit by a strike in June after some of the workers claimed they had been poisoned by cadmium, a heavy ... not produced nickel-cadmium batteries since July. The company earlier described 'the cadmium incident' as 'an unfortunate industrial accident'. It declined to comment on whether ...

  10. Chemical spill in river affects 40,000

    Posted Apr 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of materials contaminated with cadmium spilled into the river. Ironically, cadmium was also spilled in January during an attempted environmental clean-up of the Xiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Hunan. The work was supposed to improve water contaminated by cadmium from smelting factories. ...




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