Police are looking for a Filipino domestic helper who has been accused of trying to harm her former employer by adding talcum powder to a health supplement.
The maid, 35, was hired in February by a couple, both 36, who have a three-year-old daughter and live in a flat at University Heights, a private housing estate on Pokfield Road in the Central and Western District, Apple Daily reports.
According to the husband, his wife has been taking yam powder as a dietary supplement.
On May 29, she took the can of yam powder from the refrigerator and found that it had a weird taste.
She then reviewed the footage of a security camera installed in the flat and saw the maid apparently moving the can of yam powder.
When confronted with the evidence, the maid denied having tampered with the health supplement. Still, the couple sacked the maid that night and decided to have the can of yam powder examined by a private laboratory.
The result came back on Tuesday and showed that the yam powder had been laced with talcum powder, prompting the husband to file a police report the same day.
Police are now trying to locate the maid for questioning.
Bill Guan De-qi, a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, said yam powder is good for the spleen and the kidney, while talcum powder contains chemicals that can only be applied externally and unfit for human consumption.
Talcum powder contains talc. Natural talc that has not undergone filtration contains asbestos, and as such could cause cancer, Guan said.
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