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POISON NEWS
Pupil blows whistle on tainted fungi
Source: The Star, December 7, 2010
   
 

Beijing (China) -  An 11-year-old Beijing boy became a hero to consumers after he revealed that mushrooms declared safe by officials were tainted with harmful chemicals.

The primary school pupil began investigating mushrooms after his mother forbade him to eat them following reports casting doubt on their safety.  Hoping to disprove the latest fears to tarnish China’s scandal-plagued food industry – that harmful bleaching agent were used to whiten the fungi, the young student in July began gathering a range of mushroom samples.  With the help of a research student at China Agricultural University, he tested the samples using a microscope and fluorescent lighting.  It was found the chemicals were used on the overwhelming majority of the mushrooms tested.



   
     
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