April 16, 1995 in Nation/World

100,000 Poisoned By Farm Chemicals

Compiled From Wire Services

About 100,000 people - half of them consumers - were poisoned by agricultural chemicals in 1994, according to an official report.

The report, seen in Beijing on Saturday, did not provide figures for earlier years or say how serious the poisoning cases were. It said roughly half the people poisoned were consumers and half were involved in farm production.

The report, in the official newspaper Rural Life Weekly, warned farmers to be more careful in applying herbicides and pesticides. It said about 1,000 factories now produce 940,000 tons of farm chemicals a year.

Last fall, a number of people in Hong Kong were hospitalized after eating vegetables imported from China, leading authorities to warn restaurants and consumers to take special care in cleaning and cooking imported food.

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