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Home truths of mainland toy story

Buying toys on the mainland is certainly not child's play. Independent studies have shown that they commonly contain substances like lead or chromium that could debilitate or even kill.

Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am

Antibiotic recalled five days after test

Drug company GlaxoSmithKline has recalled an antibiotic containing toxic plasticisers - five days after the first of the substances was discovered in government tests - but insists the drug is safe.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Toxic chemical crosses strait

A potentially cancer-causing substance that has resulted in Taiwan's worst food scare in decades has been found in eight types of products produced by four mainland companies, the mainland food watchdog said at the weekend.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Drug still on the market despite order for recall

An antibiotic containing a toxic chemical two times above the European safety limit for food was still on the market yesterday - a day after the government ordered its recall - as a different batch of the antibiotic was ordered recalled.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Antibiotic is recalled over chemical find

The Health Department has ordered that an antibiotic commonly used to fight infections in children be recalled because it was found to contain a toxic chemical two times above the European limits for food.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing to rewrite rules on toxic toys

A public outcry over the latest scandal involving children's toys has reportedly forced the central government to re-consider its regulations.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Guangdong firm shut after probe

The contaminated-drink scandal that started in Taiwan has expanded to the mainland, as authorities say a mainland-based food company has produced food additives containing a cancer-causing substance.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Drinks-recall chemical 'will not be banned'

The chemical compound DEHP at the centre of a recall of drinks from Taiwan will not be completely banned from Hong Kong, the Health Secretary told a food safety symposium yesterday.

Accumulated intakes of DEHP may cause cancer and affect liver, kidney and reproductive systems and is already strictly prohibited as a direct additive to food or drinks.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Risk from heating plastic food wraps

Using plastic wraps to cover oily or hot food could transfer a toxic chemical to the food, a University of Hong Kong academic warns.

Plasticisers, the chemical additives that make plastics flexible, stick easily to fat especially at high temperatures, neurology Professor Ho Shu-leong said yesterday.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

City bans tainted sports drinks

Hong Kong has banned two imported sports drinks contaminated by cancer-causing chemical DEHP from Taiwan.

DEHP levels found in Speed Sports Drink, Speed Sports Drink (Lemon Flavour) and also Brand's Calcium Grow Chewable Tablets exceeded the World Health Organisation safety levels by up to 17 times.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK bans tainted Taiwan drinks

Hong Kong has banned two imported sports drinks contaminated by cancer-causing chemical DEHP as Taiwan struggles to contain its worst food scare in a decade.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Checks rise on tainted Taiwanese products

Hong Kong's top health official has called on importers of Taiwanese food and drugs to voluntarily recall suspected tainted products.

31 May 2011 - 12:00am

Food items with toxins ordered off the shelves

Taiwan has ordered the removal of five types of beverages and food items from store shelves amid a mounting food scare that has gripped the island.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Harmful chemicals in 60pc of plastic toys

A call has gone out for the government to ban 'gender-bending' chemicals after they were found in six out of 10 plastic toys tested by a green group.

The chemicals, phthalates, are banned from children's products in Europe and the United States after being linked to abnormalities in the reproductive system during fetal development and hormonal malfunctions in children.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

60pc of plastic toys use controversial chemical

More than half the plastic toys on sale this Christmas for young children contain chemicals banned in Europe because of fears they cause kidney and liver damage in toddlers, a survey has found.

The Consumer Council, which is urging the Government to implement a similar ban, said yesterday that 61 per cent of plastic toys it tested were found to contain the chemicals.

16 Dec 1999 - 12:00am