Pokfield Road on Hong Kong Island and (inset) yam powder. Photo: Google Maps/Wikimedia Commons/Keiner quejada mena

Police are searching for a 35-year-old domestic worker who allegedly added baby powder to a Hong Kong couple’s bottle of yam powder, a substance believed to be good for people’s health.

The maid had worked for a couple in an apartment in Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island. At 8pm on Tuesday, a 36-year-old man reported the case to police, saying his wife suspected their former domestic worker of putting baby powder in a bottle of edible yam powder, news website HK01.com reported.

The couple live in an upscale apartment at University Heights on 23 Pokfield Road. The man’s wife had bought a can of yam powder for health purposes, but when she consumed the powder, she suspected baby powder had been added because the powder had an unusual smell.

After an initial investigation, police classed the case as “administering poison with intent to injure” and officers from the crime investigation team at Western Police Station are following up the case. No one has been arrested so far.

The police report did not disclose the nationality of the maid or the reason she no longer worked for the family.

On May 28, a 24-year-old Indonesian maid was arrested after allegedly mixing urine with water and serving it to her female employer in an apartment in the New Territories’ Tuen Mun.

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