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toxic seeds

Toxic seeds

Reported by Mr. Johnny CHU, Scientific Officer,
Risk Assessment Section, Centre for Food Safety

Food Safety Focus (149th Issue, December 2018) – Incident in Focus

Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, profuse sweating, hallucination, coma or other neurological symptoms

Toxins in Ginkgo Seeds

4′-methoxypyridoxine and cyanogenic glycosides

He started feeling dizzy after touching Abrus Precatorius seeds, known as crab's eye, at the former Osney Power Station building on Arthur Street.

Abrus Precatorius

The beads themselves are safe, but piercing them can expose the dangerous seeds inside.

David Gallagher from South Central Ambulance Service said a rapid response vehicle and ambulance were sent to the scene.