Come Saturday 5th October 2013, the Buddhist and Hindu communities will start the observance of going strictly vegetarian for 9 days.
Around this time, apart from vegetarian restaurants, we can see many temporary stalls being set up throughout the country selling vegetarian food. Some of these stalls are situated in open areas where food is exposed to road dust and flies.
Regular nationwide food checks needed urgently
It is indeed depressing and saddening to read news reports about the loss of 3 lives and 60 others hospitalized due to food poisoning after they had consumed food served at a wedding kenduri last Saturday in Kedah.
The cause of the poisoning has still not been ascertained but it is believed that it was due to contamination.
CAP calls on all Malaysians not to take the horse meat scare rocking Europe lightly and to refrain from eating meat products especially burgers, salami, sausages, and canned meat until the authorities can guarantee that the meat is free from any form of contamination.
CAP calls on the Malaysian government to review four genetically modified (GM) events that have been approved for human and animal consumption in the light of latest findings that reveal potential human and animal toxicity.
We call on the Malaysian government to impose a moratorium on all Genetically Modified (GM) products imported into the country for food, feed and processing. This call is on the wake of results of a new study which revealed serious health impacts of the widely-used Roundup herbicide and the Roundup tolerant GM maize NK603 (cultivated with or without Roundup).