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  1. HKU launches the region's first automated Pap tests

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... acquired the equipment, which has been approved by the United States' Food and Drug Administration, last month. Whereas traditional Pap tests rely on the human eye to search for abnormal cells ... twice before the report is sent out.' The HKU laboratory will have test results ready within eight days, instead of the two weeks previously required. The HKU's biggest client, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/498270/hku-launches-regions-first-automated-pap-tests
  2. Cheaper tests for cancer are considered

    Posted Jul 10th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The government will consider lowering fees for Pap smears at public clinics to encourage women to take the life-saving test for cervical cancer. Under a cervical screening programme to be launched next year, personalised invitations will be sent out to encourage women to take the test. The aim is to have tested, within three years, 65 per cent of the 2.1 million women aged 25-64. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/421164/cheaper-tests-cancer-are-considered
  3. Meat and vegetables to be tested

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Mary Ann Benitez Scope widens to include non-dairy food that may be tainted with melamine Meat and vegetables are next on the list for melamine tests, while the overall number of food tests to be conducted is set to be reduced by 85 per cent, officials have said. The announcement yesterday came as a top food and environmental hygiene official called for a food ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657079/meat-and-vegetables-be-tested
  4. Crow tests positive for deadly H5N1 virus

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A dead house crow found in Sham Shui Po has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus. The first infected wild bird to have been found in seven months, it was collected last Wednesday from a rubbish bin, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said yesterday. Six wild birds with H5N1 were found from January to March. The H5N1 virus has killed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657059/crow-tests-positive-deadly-h5n1-virus
  5. Tests on eggs find more melamine

    Posted Oct 29th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Minnie Chan

    ... the eggs, the centre said. It said a three-year-old child would have to eat about 24 eggs a day for the melamine to affect health. Tests on several batches of fresh eggs from the mainland, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany and the US were satisfactory. They were among 54 products tested, the results of which were announced last night. On Saturday, the Centre for Food Safety found excessive melamine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658038/tests-eggs-find-more-melamine
  6. More melamine testing means fewer eggs in city

    Posted Nov 11th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Eggs will remain in short supply for some time, as mainland authorities step up tests for melamine, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok has said. The supply ... in place to ensure food safety,' said Albert Chan Wai-yip, of the League of Social Democrats. The Centre for Food Safety said it had completed the first stage of melamine testing of food ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/659661/more-melamine-testing-means-fewer-eggs-city
  7. HK food safety team calls for more rigorous testing system

    Posted Oct 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Paggie Leung

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Paggie Leung An expert panel in Hong Kong has urged food safety authorities to undertake a more systematic sampling of food products, as test results yesterday showed 90 more samples of dairy products were satisfactory. The Centre for Food Safety said the products tested included mainland-produced buns, biscuits, chocolates, soya drinks, yogurt drinks, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/654881/hk-food-safety-team-calls-more-rigorous-testing-system
  8. 34 food samples fail safety tests

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The sample of vegetable poon choi was one of 34 revealed to be unsatisfactory by the Centre for Food Safety in its fourth round of regular testing for the year, which included results for July and August. Poon choi is a traditional dish served in large bowls. A total of 11,500 samples from six food groups were tested, of which 99.7 per cent were found to be satisfactory, said the acting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/657629/34-food-samples-fail-safety-tests
  9. Kidney stone testing centre to close

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The demand for tests related to melamine-linked kidney stones has dropped enough that the Hospital Authority has decided to close one of its special assessment centres, ... research on the short- and long-term effects of melamine toxicity, he said. All patients tested in the special assessment centres would be followed up for possible long-term complications. 'We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658322/kidney-stone-testing-centre-close
  10. Princess Margaret clinic to test babies

    Posted Sep 20th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez and Colleen Lee A special clinic has been set up at Princess Margaret Hospital to cater for babies who might be suffering from kidney stones after drinking tainted mainland milk. The clinic has kidney specialists who can test babies if necessary. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said the Hospital Authority had put the system in place to check ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/653372/princess-margaret-clinic-test-babies

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