A news report in a Malay daily yesterday (Aug 18, 2010) said the Ramadan buffet food served at 70% of the hotels in the Klang Valley are not halal, and in some instances, even alcohol is used in preparing the food.
CAP first detected the presence of Rhodamine B in belacan in 1973 and since then tests conducted in 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 have still found this dye to be present in belacan and other foods.
But the Codex Alimentarius which is supposed to protect consumers with safe food standards is unduly influenced by corporate interests — to the detriment of the health of consumers around the world.
The ruling is indeed laudable because the biggest environmental health concern associated with polystyrene is the danger associated with styrene, the basic building block of polystyrene. Styrene is classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
In a survey of wet markets carried out by CAP in Chowrasta, Central, Bayan Baru, Ayer Itam, Pulau Tikus, Jelutong, Riffle Range, Taman Tun Sardon, Padang Tembak and the old Jetty in Butterworth, it was found that cleanliness and hygiene was indeed a pertinent issue to be dealt with.