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Category: Food EN

What Would Happen IF THERE WERE NO BEES LEFT?

You have a bee to thank for every 1 in 3 bites of food consumed, the US Department of Agriculture says. If bees are totally extinct, it would cause widespread hardship, and possibly famine for humankind. This is because bees play a vital role in the global food supply, pollinating crops which feed 90% of the world’s population. If all the bees died, a lot of the foods we regularly consume...
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Junk For Profits not Nutrition

Ultra-processed foods are everywhere. Supermarkets, petrol stations, vending machines, convenience stores, grocery shops and other stores populate them. But are they foods, as in foods providing us health and nutrition? They are tasty and addictive but is fuelling the non-communicable diseases that afflict us. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the best examples of...
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CAP: Frozen meat cartel needs to be nipped at the bud

Malaysians are shocked to know that their favourite beef dishes such as daging masak kicap,  daging rendang, or beef burgers at one time could have been made from horse, kangaroo or non-Halal beef. This is the reality as the latest report on the frozen meat cartel revealed that kangaroo and horse meat imported into the country by means of deception is being repacked and sold as beef to...
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Recall Imported Frozen Meat from the Market

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to immediately recall imported frozen meat from the market as Muslim consumers would be unwittingly consuming Non-Halal meat. The call is made in response to the report that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs had seized 1,500 tonnes of frozen meat valued at RM30 million from a store room in Senai, Johor. According to...
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Drastic Increase In Red Onion Price

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is very concerned about the rapid increase in red onion price after India imposed an export ban due to monsoonal flood disasters. A CAP market survey carried out in Penang shows that price of red onion imported from China, Holland and Pakistan has increased from RM 4.00 to RM 7.50 per kilogramme a month ago and currently has further increased to...
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Always Read The Small Print

Consumers are often duped by claims made by companies. The large print says something to catch your attention while the small print says something else. Sometimes very misleading pictures are used. In this case the product claims "WITHOUT SUGAR" but the ingredients list showed sugar and ranked it second after coffee beans. This means the sugar is the second most common ingredient in the product....
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EARLY MENSTRUATION from HORMONE-RAISED MEAT?

16% of girls in the U.S. now experience breast development by the age of 7, and 30% by the age of 8. A hundred years ago, the average age when a girl got her first period was 16-17. Girls with early maturation are at risk of lower self-esteem and higher rates of depression. The biological impact includes greater risk of several cancers (breast, ovarian, and endometrial), obesity,...
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CAFFEINE added in drinks for ADDICTION

THE soft drinks industry has always claimed they just add caffeine to the drinks to enhance taste. A Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine taste study, however, indicates that caffeine cannot be detected as a flavour. The study supports the notion that caffeine is added to soft drinks and energy drinks to addict drinkers. In the study, only 8% of regular cola drinkers could taste the...
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Too Much Salt in Bread

Bread is the top contributor of dietary sodium in the US and many other countries around the world. This is based new analysis from the World Action on Salt and Health, based at Queen Mary University of London. Researchers analyzed the salt content in 2,000 breads sold in 32 countries and regions. More than a third of the loaves exceeded the maximum salt target for bread set out by the UK. In...
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Non Food in Baby Food

CALCIUM carbonate is another non-food ingredient commonly found in processed baby foods (eg: in rusks, rice with milk, beef with vegetables and mixed fruits). It is actually another name for pure chalk. Calcium carbonate is useful to manufacturers as it helps mixtures run smoothly, and not develop lumps or cakes. It can also be used as a colouring agent, making food appear whiter. Calcium...
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