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Toll of cancer misery rises in Shandong's petrochemical villages

A farmer tends his fields in Liuhang village, inside the Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone in Shandong province. Officials are still reluctant to admit the link between rising cancer rates and rampant pollution. Photo: Simon Song

Jinnan is one of nine villages under the jurisdiction of Jinling Hui ethnic township in Zibo, a prefecture-level city in the centre of Shandong. Jinling Hui town is entirely located within the 22-square-kilometre Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone, according to the township government.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 5:36am

Health ornaments don't live up to promoters' claims

Portugal and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo tried to get some extra zip from an energy bracelet but the promoters were later forced to admit that they were no more useful than a rubber band.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Also showing: Niko Von Glasow

Leaning forward in his seat, Niko von Glasow offers his right hand - not for a handshake but as an invitation to finger wrestle. 'Give me your finger - and now pull,' he says, smiling as he watches this writer fail to free his digit. 'When we touch, you see [my hand] is not just some wobbly piece of flesh,' he says.

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Chemicals in food processing 'no risk'

Tests for cancer-causing chemicals produced during food preparation have found levels too low to create a threat to health, the Centre For Food Safety said yesterday.

Most of the 300 samples tested for chloropropanols, which can also harm the kidneys, liver and central nervous system, had levels below the limits of detection, the centre said.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Banned food dye found in rice dumpling

Traces of a banned industrial dye, Sudan IV, have been found in a rice dumpling from the Easterngate Seafood Restaurant in Tung Chung. The Centre for Food Safety, which tested 35 rice dumpling samples from different places, found 0.046 parts per million of Sudan IV in the bun.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Cancer-risk dye back in food products

A year after a crackdown, Sudan 1 is detected in bean and chilli additives

Sudan 1 red dye has been found in at least seven food products one year after a crackdown on its use, with the authorities partly blaming poor management at small food factories for the problem.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

More reports of banned dye in food

More provinces have reported cases of food producers using the banned dye Sudan 1.

Authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang and the southwestern region of Guangxi had found the red dye, which is believed to cause cancer, state media reported yesterday.

11 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

140 boxes of sauce and oil may contain toxic dye

Hygiene officials are looking for about 140 boxes of chilli sauce and oil exported by two mainland companies found to have used a cancer-causing dye.

The news came after the government was informed by mainland authorities yesterday that the products - produced by two companies confirmed to have made products containing the chemical Sudan 1 - have been sold to Hong Kong.

9 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

McDonald's food free of illegal dye

Fast-food lovers can breathe a sigh of relief after Hong Kong McDonald's confirmed its products did not contain a dressing made with a cancer-causing dye.

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am


Stockpile: The New Nuclear Menace

World, 9pm

19 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

More patrols

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Tighter admission rules needed' (South China Morning Post, December 2), concerning the students' study room in Tai Po Public Library.

Regulations on the proper use of study rooms in public libraries have all along been enforced.

20 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Plutonium ships fear

Two shiploads of plutonium bound for Japan could ignite the 'powder keg' of rising hostility in the Taiwan Strait, Greenpeace said yesterday.

The half-tonne shipment of 40 plutonium fuel elements posed further risks to a region already destabilised by military tension, the environmental group said.

19 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Thalidomide: A Necessary Evil

The very name thalidomide sends a chill down the spine of any mother-to-be. In the 1950s, it seemed like a marvellous cure-all for morning sickness, and women worldwide began taking it during the crucial, early stages of pregnancy.

22 May 1999 - 12:00am

Pollutants at work

SOME common environmental pollutants that are linked to cancer may start their dirty work by first weakening the body's immune defence system, a team of researchers has found.

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

HK at risk from deadly chemicals

DEADLY airborne chemicals which can cause cancer and other health dangers are present in Hongkong, some in levels which exceed recommended standards.

The toxins are believed to come from industrial sources like electroplating and are released either by burning or the disposal of fume-producing solvents.

11 Jan 1993 - 12:00am