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Recently, there are manufactures using industrial chemical dye Auramine O to process Chinese herbs in order to modify their appearance and sell them at a higher price.

Auramine O also called, Basic Yellow 2, is mainly used for the dyeing of paper, leather and etc. This compound is harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It may cause skin and eye irritation. And it is known as a carcinogen. It can damage kidney and liver and even cause cancer in long-term use of high dosage. It was marked as non-edible substance by Ministry of Health of China in 2008.

SFDA has reinforced the inspection and examination on Chinese herbs to tackle the bastardized herbal Chinese products.

Besides, aconitine poisoning incidents were frequently reported by Department of Health after people taking herbal Chinese medicine which contain aconitine. There are over 100 cases have been reported in Hong Kong since 2004.

Aconitine is a kind of plant constituent which has high toxicity. It can be found in the raw and processed forms of Aconitum plant - Aconiti Radix, Aconiti Kusnezoffii Radix, Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata and etc. Over dosage of aconitine can bring acute poisoning to human or even cause death.

Chinese Pharmacopoeia restricts the total amount of aconitine for the aforementioned Chinese herbs. For example, the total amount of Aconitine, Mesaconitine and Hypaconitine in Aconiti Radix Cocta should be no more than 0.040%.

As a leading testing company, we are now offering testing services for Auramine O or Aconitine on the raw and processed Chinese Herbs. If you have any queries, please contact our customer service representatives.

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