09 Jun '11, 10am

200t of herbal chrysanthemums toxic

200t of herbal chrysanthemums toxic

The herbal flower, which is often used by Chinese in tea and medicine, is believed to have been dried with sulfur dioxide, a prohibited preservative that can cause sickness. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG AN ESTIMATED 200 tonnes of herbal chrysanthemums contaminated by a banned toxic chemical has entered the market, CNR reported on Thursday. The herbal flower, which is often used by Chinese in tea and medicine, is believed to have been dried with sulfur dioxide, a prohibited preservative that can cause sickness. Dubbed China's herbal town, Yangma County in Jiangsu province produces 2,000 tonnes of chrysanthemums each year. It is suspected 200 tonnes of the herb are contaminated. Using the chemical, which was banned in 2005, in the drying process makes the herb sour and weakens its effect which could lead to poisoning. 'Farmers using sulfur-drying methods can make more profit, ...

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