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 Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.