18 May '11, 2pm

Exploding Watermelons in China (video): Farmers in Eastern China applied a chemical growth accelerator called fo...

Exploding Watermelons in China (video): Farmers in Eastern China applied a chemical growth accelerator called fo...

Farmers in Eastern China applied a chemical growth accelerator called forchlorfenuron on watermelons causing them to explode in the fields . They were trying to get them grow faster, not knowing the application during a wet period and too late in the season would result in an absurdly comical scenario. More importantly, what would eating the watermelon do to people, or animals? The U.S. EPA says forchlorfenuron is a plant growth regulator used mainly on raisins, grapes, and kiwifruit. They list it as non-carcinogenic and of low toxicity, based on studies using animal subjects. The Australian government conducted an assessment noting in a study dogs exposed to the chemical via their diet, had raised their cholesterol levels raised. Neither country classifies it as a hazardous substance. The story here really is about food safety practices in China, not just one chemical. In...

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