Iodine in salt to be cut amid health concerns

The Health Ministry plans to cut the amount of iodine in table salt, after concerns that iodised salt - introduced to address iodine deficiencies - may be linked to thyroid disease.

Friday, 14 August, 2009, 12:00am

164 in hospital after chlorine leak at plant

Fumes from a leak of liquid chlorine at a chemical plant in the northwestern region of Ningxia saw 164 people admitted to hospital, mostly children and elderly people who lived nearby, a news report and plant employees said yesterday. No deaths were reported.

11 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Hundreds left sick after Ningbo chlorine leak

Hundreds of people have been left sickened by a chlorine gas leak at a chemical plant in the eastern city of Ningbo after the company responsible failed to inform the government about the accident, according to reports.

29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Chlorine leak blamed on tyres, drivers, overloading

Worn-out tyres, overloading and two drivers who fled the scene were to blame for last month's chlorine gas leak in Jiangsu province that claimed 29 lives, according to a government investigation.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Babies among gas leak's victims, say villagers

The youngest victim of last week's chlorine gas leak in Huaian, Jiangsu province, was just seven months old, while several more were less than a year old, villagers have revealed.

4 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Three public pools fail to meet chlorine standards

Two contain only 10pc of chemical level recommended by department

Chlorine levels in three public pools are much lower than the standard set by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), according to laboratory tests commissioned by the South China Morning Post.

9 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Chlorine fumes strike Nanchang

100 succumb to fallout from plant as residents and store workers flee

A chlorine gas leak in the eastern city of Nanchang has left more than 100 people ill, including 22 with 'serious' respiratory problems, state media and officials said yesterday. It was the second chlorine gas leak on the mainland in less than a week.

22 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Property giant bids to clean its 200 estates

Sun Hung Kai has launched a campaign to clean up its 200 housing estates to combat the spread of atypical pneumonia after Sars cases were reported at a number of its residential blocks

Since last Thursday, about 12,000 workers have been mobilised by two of Sun Hung Kai's property management companies to help 200,000 families clean their flats.

14 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Too much roast seaweed a health risk for children

Children were warned yesterday against eating too much roasted seaweed.

Over-indulgence could cause a disease in the thyroid gland, the Consumer Council said.

The warning followed a test of 146 foods including meat, milk products, eggs and vegetables.

16 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

1,000 hit by factory gas leak

Nearly 1,000 workers and residents were affected when a chemical factory in Shandong province leaked large amounts of chlorine gas.

Most victims suffered minor injuries and no deaths were reported in the incident on Wednesday, the Shandong Popular Daily said.

26 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Chlorine leak

POLICE cordoned off streets around the Kennedy Town public swimming pool in Smithfield Road, Western, while firemen tried to locate the source of a chlorine leak. It was found to be a pipe in the chlorine store room.

18 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Chlorine leak

THE Fire Services Department last night cordoned off streets surrounding the Tai Wan Shan swimming pool, in Hunghom, while officers attempted to locate the source of a chlorine leak. The search was called off at 7.20 pm when the leaking cylinder was located and removed.

16 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Survey reveals most salt deficient in iodine

THE low standard of salt available in China may go some way towards explaining why the country leads the world in diseases related to iodine deficiency.

A survey, conducted by the State Technology Supervision Bureau, discovered an alarming percentage of salt on the market did not contain the minimum amount of iodine required.

4 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Stain remover proves elusive

THERE can hardly be a single person in Hong Kong who has not yet been exposed to the TV adverts for that miraculous stain remover ''DiDi 7''.

Personally, I'm fascinated by the repeated assurances that it removes ''even iodine'' - not many of us come into contact with iodine in our daily lives - however, I digress, that's beside the point.

25 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Hunt for supplier to reduce toxic risk

THE Water Supplies Department is looking for a chemical supplier able to deliver chlorine more frequently, to reduce the storage of the toxic disinfectant in local treatment plants.

WSD Deputy Director Mr Wu Yu-ngong said yesterday that the department recently cut chlorine storage by a third at its largest plant in Sha Tin by switching to a mainland supplier.

17 Feb 1993 - 12:00am