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POISON NEWS
Shanghai halts sale of ‘dyed’ oranges
Source: The Star, December 11, 2010
   
 

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. 

Shanghai authorities were not certain whether the oranges were dyed by sellers in the city or by producers in Jiangxi province in eastern China.  The Chinese government has come under increasing pressure from its citizens as well as countries such as the United States and Japan to improve the standard of its food and medicines.


   
     
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