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Customs officers search shops for toys tainted with date-rape drug

A search of shops yesterday for the popular Bindeez toy, parts of which have been found to turn into a date-rape drug if swallowed, found no trace of the potentially lethal items.

Thursday, 8 November, 2007, 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

Beijing defends quality of its food

After a series of contamination scandals, rare statement issued on safety standards

The mainland yesterday defended its food safety standards and guaranteed the quality of its exports, in rare public comments aimed at addressing rising international concern over its products.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Toothpaste harmless, mainland body says

Mainland toothpaste brands being recalled from sale in Hong Kong because they contain a chemical scientists say is potentially lethal are in fact harmless and should go back on sale, the mainland's safety watchdog said.

Politicians said the intervention was unusual. One said it smacked of political pressure.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Officials play down dodgy food concerns

The central government sought to play down concerns over the mainland's food safety yesterday, with an official saying the problem was not very serious.

Li Dongsheng , deputy minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said unnecessary panic would result from too much discussion of the issue.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Stricter controls urged after toxic toothpaste scare

Hong Kong 'lagging behind' in regulation of health products

Health experts and lawmakers have criticised the government for its reaction to the problem of tainted mainland toothpaste, and urged strict rules on all health products.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Tainted toothpaste to be tested

Government scientists will test three brands of mainland-made toothpaste which Singapore yesterday banned because they contain a poisonous chemical.

Tests in Singapore showed the Hei Mei, Hei Mei Calcium and Maxam brands contained between 0.8 per cent and 3.9 per cent diethylene glycol. None listed it as an ingredient.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Toothpaste claim rejected

Beijing has protested over a warning by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging American consumers to discard Chinese-manufactured toothpaste as it contained a poisonous chemical.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Panamanian firms blamed for poisonings

Panamanian businessmen bear the most responsibility for the substitution of an industrial chemical for medical-use syrup and causing the deaths of at least 51 people last year, according to a mainland product safety official.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Panama deaths linked to mainland

A toxic ingredient that killed more than 100 people in Panama has been traced back to a mainland factory, The New York Times reported yesterday.

It reported that the factory, in the Yangtze River Delta, had substituted a cheaper, industrial-grade solvent for glycerin, a pharmaceutical-grade syrup usually used in cough syrup.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am