A three-year-old toddler from China already tips the scales at 60kg (132lbs), making him five times the size of a normal child his age. When Lu Hao was born he weighed just 2.6kg (5.7 lbs.). However, from the time he was three months old he began to gain weight rapidly. "His appetite is so good that for a meal he can eat three big bowls of rice, even more than I and his mother," said Hao’s father Lu Yuncheng. Since Hao was one-year-old his parents have tried to keep a careful eye on his diet. However, Hao’s mother Chen Yuan comments: "We have to let him be as if we don’t feed him he will cry nonstop".
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Origins: Every now and then, a warning circulated in e-mail proves to be the real deal. Such is the case with the helpful heads-up about foil-covered chocolate coins being vended in Canada.
A recall was issued for foil-wrapped Pirate’s Gold chocolate coins because they contain melamine.
With Halloween fast approaching comes a warning to parents and kids regarding Sherwood brand Pirate’s Gold milk chocolate coins imported from China.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat, distribute or sell the candy.
It is sold across Canada by Costco and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores.
The chocolate contains melamine which is the same chemical responsible for killing several babies in China, and sickening thousands more.
“New plastics that change from liquid to solid on impact are finding applications in protective clothing and plastic products are being developed using the principles of nature – an area of research called biomimetics.
So plastic can be valuable and can be used for functions where it needs to last for a considerable length of time. Concepts of green design should now be applied to all new plastics products so that disposable items, such as plastic packaging and throwaway consumer items, biodegrade and do not fill landfill sites or litter the landscape or seas”