City Digest

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012, 12:00am

Warning over risk posed by pesticides

Potentially dangerous pesticides are being sprayed around schools, homes and parks in Hong Kong without adequate controls, industry experts and a legislator warn.

Hundreds of pest control firms spray public and private land in the summer to control mosquitoes and weeds, but there is no official licensing system to regulate operators as there is in many countries.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Three injured as gas blast rips through Guanxi pesticide factory

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Traffic pollution lowers kids' IQs

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Poison dumplings linked to Japanese company

The company that produced contaminated dumplings involved in a recent poisoning incident was fully owned by a Japanese firm, Xinhua quoted mainland authorities as saying yesterday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Bitten by organic bug

Rumour has it that Rasid Naim's tangy potion of garlic, ginger, turmeric and vinegar can do wonders for a sagging male libido. It smells like the perfect dip for grilled Imelda fish, a staple dish in rural Mindanao, the large southern Philippine island.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The secret of a luscious lychee - good bugs

Tis the season to eat lychees. But you should be careful which ones you eat, says Winson Tsang Tsan-on, director of the Hong Kong Organic Agriculture and Ecological Research Association, because some growers use so much pesticide that the lychees could harm you.

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Organic food is healthier and environmentally friendly

We can enjoy a healthier life if we switch to organic food, according to medical authorities. But the so-called organic food sold in our markets are not clearly labelled.

And organic products are much more expensive than normal food. Is it practical for customers to spend more on organic food which doesn't look different from other products?

25 May 2007 - 12:00am

Food imports bypass checks: Greenpeace

Group's tests find banned pesticides in produce trucked in from mainland

Greenpeace says loopholes in monitoring are allowing trucks to transport vegetables from the mainland without checks, citing the discovery of highly toxic banned pesticides in four out of 20 samples it tested from markets in the city.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Action urged on fish and vegetables

Food laws are outdated or non-existent, says safety expert

Health experts advising the government on food safety yesterday urged officials to update laws to regulate residual chemicals in fish and the use of pesticides in vegetables.

But health minister York Chow Yat-ngok told legislators earlier that control of safety standards in vegetables was not a priority.

21 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

China is not the biggest supplier of fake goods, official says

Despite rampant counterfeiting problems, Beijing has denied allegations that China has become the world's biggest supplier of fake goods.

Pu Changcheng , vice-minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said there was no reliable data to justify such an accusation.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Q What do you think of the family doctor system?

I applaud the 'one person, one doctor' system being given priority in Hong Kong's health-care reforms. Instead of giving in to the 'quick fix' of financing reforms to make the books look prettier, this is a real move to improve the quality of health care, and also to ensure patient safety and medical standards.

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Supermarkets cleared on pesticide claims

Test results on vegetable samples from supermarket chains following pesticide claims were satisfactory, the government said yesterday.

The tests were conducted after Greenpeace said last month that some vegetables sold at two major supermarket chains contained banned pesticides and excessive levels of other chemicals.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Over-keen cleaners stirring up chemical weapons

Poisons experts warn lives are at risk from mixing cleansers in the home

Overzealous cleaners wanting that extra shine are risking lives mixing cleansers into homemade chemical weapons, doctors have warned.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Vegetable samples from all trucks to be tested

All trucks carrying vegetables from the mainland will have to provide samples for testing after food inspectors and customs officers decided to step up co-operation to improve food safety.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am