"Rice tablet" kills 191 Iranians in spring

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.9

By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Around 191 Iranians have died in spring as a result of poisoning with aluminum phosphide, known as rice tablets, a 13 percent rise year on year.

Some 79 of the dead persons were women, Iran's Fars news agency reported Aug.9.

The highest death rate was recorded in Tehran with 89 deaths.

Aluminum phosphide is a cheap solid fumigant and a highly toxic pesticide. Some Iranian traders reportedly uses price tablets for grain preservation illegally.

Iran's Forensic Medicine Organization said rice tablets killed 661 Iranians in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended March 20, 2014.

Iran banned the importation of rice tablets in 2005. But, in September 2012, ISNA reported that rice tablets were being imported illegally to the country.

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