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No health fears over Chinese ginger

Update: June, 13/2013 - 11:05

HA NOI (VNS)— The risk of poisoning from Chinese ginger in Viet Nam was not high, said Plant Protection Department director Nguyen Xuan Hong on Tuesday.

After testing 50 ginger samples taken from 10 major markets in Ha Noi and HCM City, Hong said results showed only one – from HCM City's Binh Dien Market – was found to contain Aldicard, a highly toxic pesticide, with a concentration of 0.06 parts per million, 1.2 times higher than that allowed under the European Union and Japanese regulations.

However, a 50kg adult would feel the effects only if he ate 3kg of the ginger a day, Hong said.

The inspections followed reports over the use of Aldicard in growing ginger in China's Shangdong Province. — VNS

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