A Chinese brand of mosquito coil has been officially banned for possessing cancer causing compounds.

A release from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) yesterday explained that registration of “Zenden Mosquito Coil” has been denied as the product was found to be a Class 1A carcinogen.

“The product is known to cause cancer in humans. The product also has potential to cause germ cell mutation in humans. It is also classified as a highly hazardous pesticide (HHP) and poses significant risk to human health and the environment. The human health risk from exposure to Zenden Mosquito Coil is high,” the release said.

According to PTCCB, the illegally imported Chinese mosquito coils have been an area of focus for the authority for quite some time as smugglers of these products have made little to no effort to register the products, which are suspected to be dangerous to human health and the environment.

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