Guangzhou reveals details on cadmium tainting as public pressure mounts

Guangzhou's food-safety authorities have revealed some details about the sale of rice and rice noodles contaminated with cadmium. Photo: AFP

Guangzhou's food-safety authorities have revealed some details about the sale of rice and rice noodles contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal, in the face of enormous public pressure.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 10:22am 2 comments

High cadmium levels found in Guangzhou rice

Guangzhou food-safety authorities find high levels of cadmium in rice

Nearly half the rice and rice products on sale in Guangzhou contain too much cadmium, a toxin and carcinogen that can damage the kidneys, a three-month investigation by the city's food safety authorities found.

18 May 2013 - 10:20am 9 comments

Shiseido sunscreen back on sale after heavy metal scare

Leading Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido's sunscreen will return to counters today after a 24-hour hiatus caused by a heavy metal contamination scare. In its statement yesterday, Shiseido insisted it did not use cadmium in any of its products.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:52am

Asian factories among the least safe, group says

Asia is home to some of the most dangerous workplaces in the world, a Hong Kong-based labour rights centre says in a damning report.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

The good oil on health

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong side of the river

Hechi villager Lu Yu feels frustrated and angry that his forgotten village on the right bank of a tributary of the Pearl River has been left to deal on its own with the massive toxic metal spill in Guangxi.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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

Take a look at Hechi city, a booming mining town in the northwest of Guangxi, and the jarring dissonance immediately hits you.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cadmium spill sees plants given marching orders

All heavy-metal smelting plants in Hechi, Guangxi province, will be relocated by 2015, a move that comes amid ongoing efforts to tackle a toxic cadmium spill that has threatened the drinking water of millions of people for weeks.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Nine punished for cadmium spill

Guangxi's regional government has disciplined a vice-mayor of Hechi and eight other officials responsible for the cadmium contamination of Longjiang, including two junior officers from a district environmental protection bureau who may face prosecution for dereliction of duty.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toxic metal spill may be worst in decades

Environmental experts say the toxic metal contamination of a tributary of the Pearl River in Guangxi may evolve into the mainland's worst chemical spill in decades.

Local officials have been accused of lax management and secrecy in dealing with the contamination.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toxic threat part of life for river communities

Pollution in Songbai is just the tip of an iceberg of appalling industrial pollution on the Xiang River, environmental experts have warned.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The toxic legacy

Thousands of villagers in Hunan are still living in the shadow of one of the worst pollution scandals on the mainland. And while the authorities have preferred to ignore their pleas for help, they may now have the proof they need - in their blood.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Study finds high levels of metals in shellfish

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 used in producing batteries, was found in all eight types of shellfish tested by the university's biology and chemistry department.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Poison back with rain, say villagers

Villagers in Zhentou, Hunan , are concerned that heavy metal pollution is revisiting their home town, washed from an abandoned chemical factory by the heavy rain sweeping the south.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Building stormed by angry villagers

More than 300 villagers from Hengshishui in Guangdong stormed the town government's building, demanding the release of five people detained last week after a clash with police over a water diversion project.

A water shortage in the province, where drought and widespread pollution have long been a problem, triggered the protest on Sunday.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am