Home > Lifestyle > Woman > Your life Updated 04 December 2013 Aldicarb: a very dangerous poison Here are some quick facts on Aldicarb (Temik), which is a fast-acting poison. 1 Shutterstock Related Diarrhoea Food poisoning facts Everyday poisons in your home Quiz Is my diet healthy? » 10 odours our noses can identify 6 body language mistakes to avoid Five members of a family were found dead on a farm near Bothaville. It is thought that their food had been poisoned with Aldicarb after a fight about a love triangle.This poison is also thought to have been used to kill several dogs in Rustenburg during the month of October.Here are some quick facts on this extremely dangerous and fast-acting poison:- Aldicarb is an extremely toxic insecticide.- It is described by the WHO as ‘extremely dangerous’.- It is a white crystalline solid with a slight sulphurous odour.- It is distributed as ‘Temik’ which is a dust-free granulated material.- It is often used in citrus plantations.- Chronic low-level exposure to this poison could lead to liver damage. The poison does not accumulate in the body and is rapidly metabolised.- Thirty-three countries have registered it for use on potatoes, and 28 for use on cotton.- Symptoms immediately after ingesting this poison include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and quick loss of consciousness. Breathing problems are also common.- This substance is particularly poisonous to mammals and people and a very small amount could lead to death.- Symptoms of poisoning can occur in as little as five minutes after ingesting a large dose of the poison.Aldicarb is quickly absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract.- Although this type of poisoning can be treated, it is unusual for victims to reach medical assistance in time as the poison is fast-acting.(Compiled by Susan Erasmus, Health24, December 2013)(Sources: http:www.inchem.org; oxfordjournals.org) More in Lifestyle A South African cancer survivor helps to fight the disease More: WomanYour life advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors How to still have a good life with diabetes Eye-Q: R50 off! Lose weight Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Live healthier Love coffee? Your heart may too » What to eat for white teeth Bad foods for teeth-whitening Do any of these drinks cause your teeth to hurt? Savour your coffee – with a bright smile Here's how to stop coffee from staining your teeth while enjoying all its health benefits. Get your groove back! » Get your move on! Morning run? 5 exercises to start your summer fitness regime 6 easy ways to make your workout fun again Some inspiration to make sure your workout routine don't become tedious.