South Korea's LG Electronics says it has begun selling an air-conditioner with a filter that destroys the killer bird flu virus. It filters air through a chemical mix that includes an enzyme extracted from kimchi, which is reportedly capable of eliminating the H5N1 virus. Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable dish made with red peppers, radishes and a lot of garlic and ginger. Koreans eat it with almost every meal.
"It is too early to tally the sales figures yet but we believe the new air-con will sell very well," a company spokesperson said yesterday. Researchers at Seoul National University said last year that they fed an extract of kimchi to 13 chickens infected with the bird flu virus, and 11 recovered.