The Consumers’ Association of Penang commends the health authorities for taking a bold move in closing down dirty restaurants in the state.
Every year more than a thousand offences are recorded. This should not be the case anymore. We should aim for zero offences.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) cautions consumers from consuming food cooked using plastic ladles and spoons or hot food stored in plastic containers. From a public health perspective, heated plastic is an unnecessary source of exposure to harmful elements and stringent measures must be taken to prevent it.
The use of plastics has increased exponentially. Global plastics production in 2012 rose to 288 million tonnes – a 2.8% increase compared to 2011.
Plastics are in almost everything we use and inevitably is being ingested subconsciously by many. We certainly wouldn’t eat plastics knowingly but when you eat or drink things stored in plastic, especially hot food and liquid, plastics may be incorporated into us.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang commends the Health Authorities in Penang for taking a bold move in closing down dirty food factories in the state. A similar crackdown should be carried out nationwide. Food safety should not be taken lightly.
CAP calls on the government to ensure that all poultry slaughter houses that the poultry supplied to the Muslims should have halal certificates.
This matter is urgent in view of the doubts raised concerning the halal status of method and process of slaughtering chickens in the slaughterhouses in the country. The cleanliness of the centres have also come under wide criticism.
The food system that has come about exists only to feed us. Is this what you imagined it would look like?
A well-shot window into the industrial food system, which many of us are not aware of. Watch video here.