More than half of cast iron cooking pots recently tested by Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog were found to have released various metals exceeding global safety standards, with one possibly containing carcinogenic substances.
The Consumer Council on Monday revealed that four of seven models of cast iron pots tested released metals such as cobalt, lithium, aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, iron, chromium, manganese or vanadium that exceeded global standards.
Nora Tam Fung-yee, chairwoman of the Consumer Council’s research and testing committee, said the metals could accumulate inside the body and pose health hazards.
“Excessive intake [of lithium] could cause mild diarrhoea, nausea, hand tremors and so on, and may [affect] thyroid functions or abnormal foetal development,” she said.
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