Shanghai (China) - Authorities in Shanghai have halted the sale
of oranges believed to have been dyed with a toxic wax. Tests were ordered on the fruits after
consumers complained their skin turned red after coming in contact with the
oranges sold in local markets. A seller
at a wholesale agricultural products market told the newspaper that some oranges
were dyed with an industrial wax so “they look fresher and sell at a higher
price”. Industrial dyes can damage
memory, immune systems and cause respiratory problems.