Mainland China owners get more than they bargained for with trophy cars

More than 300 Mercedes owners on the mainland complained about excessive formaldehyde levels inside their cars. Photo: Bloomberg

Last year, more than 300 Mercedes owners on the mainland complained about excessive formaldehyde levels inside their cars. Some BMW owners have also been complaining online.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 4:29pm

Toxic formaldehyde found in child car seats

Formaldehyde, the toxic substance that recently caused a health alert at the University of Hong Kong's new campus, has been found in some child car seats sold in the city.

The cancer-causing compound was among harmful substances found in the seats during the first tests of their kind by the Consumer Council.

18 Sep 2012 - 3:24am

36 die in fiery inferno as sleeper coach hits tanker in northwestern China

Police and rescuers inspect the charred wrecks of the bus and tanker on the expressway near Yanan , Shaanxi province. Photo: AP

At least 36 people died and two were in critical condition when a double-decker coach was engulfed in a fire ball after it slammed into the back of a tanker truck full of formaldehyde in Shaanxi province yesterday.

27 Aug 2012 - 7:36am

TV report on tainted clothes sparks fear

A finding of cancer-causing chemicals on children's clothes sparked public fear yesterday, after a report aired on national state broadcaster China Central Television.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bak choi found to be sprayed with formalin

Vegetable wholesalers in Shandong have been caught spraying toxic formalin on bak choi to keep them fresh in the latest food safety scandal to hit the mainland.

Vendors in Qingzhou said that spraying diluted formalin on bak choi had become a common practice locally in the past three to four years, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Taiwan officials find high levels of toxin in cards

A Taiwanese government report has found that 20 per cent of playing cards have a dangerously high content of the extremely poisonous and carcinogenic agent formaldehyde.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Popular sweets back in business

Shipments of White Rabbit sweets - a well-known Shanghai-made candy - have resumed to six countries and regions, Xinmin Evening News reported. Sales of the sweets were first halted in the Philippines after authorities in Manila said they had found formaldehyde in samples.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Firm halts exports to US, but denies sweets contain formaldehyde

The maker of the mainland's most famous sweets, the White Rabbit brand, said yesterday it had halted exports to the United States. But it insisted independent testing had proved its confectionery was free from formaldehyde, despite claims to the contrary by the Philippine government.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fish ban delayed despite finding of formaldehyde

Guangzhou food safety authorities are holding off on moves to ban sales of a fish known as Bombay duck, despite the discovery of high levels of formaldehyde in frozen batches of the popular hotpot ingredient.

Guangzhou's market authority tested 85 batches in spot checks yesterday at markets and found seven contained excessive amounts of the preservative.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Safety chiefs search for Bombay duck as vendors fear fish scare

Hotpot ingredient tests positive for formaldehyde

Food safety chiefs are trying to establish whether Hong Kong has imported Bombay duck - a popular fish for hotpot - from Yangjiang, in Guangdong, where samples have been found to contain the preservative formaldehyde, which can cause cancer.

19 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Party raps media over beer reports

Food safety stories must have 'authoritative' backing, it says

The Communist Party's propaganda department has tightened controls over mainland media reports on food safety after last month's allegations that Chinese-brewed beer contained excessive levels of formaldehyde.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Cancer warning on bookshelves

Consumers have been warned to avoid bookshelves made with glue containing urea-formaldehyde, which could cause cancer.

16 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Dates with formaldehyde seized

Health inspectors in Guangdong seized more than 1.3 tonnes of poisonous dates, it was reported yesterday.

The dates were seized from wholesale markets and warehouses in Shaoguan, Lechang and Xinfeng county, the semi-official China News Service reported.

6 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Expert tells how deaths could have been avoided

A kidney dialysis blunder in which three patients died could have been avoided had one of three things been done, an independent expert told an inquest yesterday.

Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital patients Chik Sang, 69, Chan Wai-kei, 80 and Leung Shuk-king, 59, died of formaldehyde poisoning at the Happy Valley hospital on August 29 last year, the court has heard.

5 May 1999 - 12:00am

Kingboard to build plant

Kingboard Chemical yesterday said it would build a formalin production plant in Panyu, China, with phase one of the project slated to cost between $15 million and $20 million.

16 May 1997 - 12:00am