Law doesn't require checks for toxic plasticisers in liquor, says drinks group

A waiter stands next to a table prepared for an official banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2009. Photo: AFP

The China Alcoholic Drinks Association has hit back at critics over the revelation that high levels of a toxic chemical were found in a famous Chinese liquor brand.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:40pm

Beer-brewing Dutch try their hand at making wine

Job and Neeltje Huisman drink a Nieuw Tivoli 2011, a white wine produced from the special grapes in their vineyards. Photo: AFP

Too cold, too wet and not enough sunlight: for centuries, the beer-brewing Netherlands has been snubbed as a good place to plant vineyards and make decent wines - until now.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am


Tuesday, June 14: French Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'The entrepreneurial stories: Tips, experience and inspiration to move forward!' W52, Central.

Hong Kong Securities Institute evening: 'How has the Asian hedge fund industry has changed since 2008 and where do we go from here'.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

This week we test: foot cream

Your feet work hard all day, every day, so pamper them with a cream which soothes, heals and refreshes.

Aveda Foot Relief (HK$240/125ml)

Replenishing for dry, chapped feet. Massage a dollop onto your feet after bathing, and it keeps them hydrated and baby soft. The smell is nice without being medicinal or too minty.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Dandy & Dapper

I collect trainers. I've found that Hong Kong cobblers can fix leather shoes and more formal stuff but they look confused (and sometimes angry) when I bring my trainers to be fixed or modified and I can't find anywhere that sells stuff to do this at home. Help?

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

BlueChem may buy parent's stake in joint venture

China BlueChemical, the fertiliser unit of dominant offshore oil and gas producer China National Offshore Oil Corp, plans to acquire its parent firm's stake in a Sino-foreign joint venture billed as the country's largest compound fertiliser producer.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

What's in it? Phenoxyethanol

Other names? Ethanol, ethylene glycol, monophenyl ether, 2-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether.

What's it used in? Moisturisers, eye creams, cleansers, foundations.

What does it do? It's a perservative used to extend products' shelf lives.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it? Linalool

Other names it goes by? Linalyl alcohol, linaloyl oxide, allo-ocimenol, 2,6-dimethy-2

What is it? A naturally occurring chemical found in many flowers and spice plants, such as cinnamon.

What's it used in? Fragrance, moisturiser, body wash and hair colourants.

6 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

G-Prop to fund methanol project

Kingboard Chemical Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed chemical products manufacturer, will partner property tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung's G-Prop Holdings to develop coking coal and methanol-related projects in the mainland.

9 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing 'sees the light' over need for food safety

Beijing, in a desperate effort to restore global consumer confidence in its exports and pre-empt trade disputes, has officially abandoned its defensive stance on the food safety issue, analysts have said.

The ban announced on Wednesday on the use in toothpaste of diethylene glycol - an industrial solvent used in antifreeze - represented an about-face by Beijing.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing defends quality of its food

After a series of contamination scandals, rare statement issued on safety standards

The mainland yesterday defended its food safety standards and guaranteed the quality of its exports, in rare public comments aimed at addressing rising international concern over its products.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Toothpaste harmless, mainland body says

Mainland toothpaste brands being recalled from sale in Hong Kong because they contain a chemical scientists say is potentially lethal are in fact harmless and should go back on sale, the mainland's safety watchdog said.

Politicians said the intervention was unusual. One said it smacked of political pressure.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Officials play down dodgy food concerns

The central government sought to play down concerns over the mainland's food safety yesterday, with an official saying the problem was not very serious.

Li Dongsheng , deputy minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said unnecessary panic would result from too much discussion of the issue.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing targets 'tainted' US food imports

Beijing is targeting imports of food and nutritional capsules from the United States following a flood of overseas complaints about tainted mainland food exports.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Tainted toothpaste to be tested

Government scientists will test three brands of mainland-made toothpaste which Singapore yesterday banned because they contain a poisonous chemical.

Tests in Singapore showed the Hei Mei, Hei Mei Calcium and Maxam brands contained between 0.8 per cent and 3.9 per cent diethylene glycol. None listed it as an ingredient.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am