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Category: Food EN

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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Industrial Solvent in Strawberry Flavour

BENZYL ACETATE is one of the chemicals used. It is also used in apple, apricot and pear flavours. It can be found in jams, biscuits, cereals, cereal products, and alcoholic beverages. It is used INDUSTRIALLY as a solvent in plastics and resin, cellulose acetate, nitrate, oils, lacquers, polishes and inks. A number of previous studies show that this flavouring lead to pain in neck, headache and...
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Institutions Seem To Protect You But Do The Exact Opposite

  After three long years of running the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the late 1960s, former commissioner Dr Herbert Ley resigned in utter frustration. The San Francisco Chronicle immediately interviewed him and asked why he quit, to which he replied with the following quote. “The FDA protects the big drug companies, and is subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s...
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Government should increase penalty on dirty food factories and eateries

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the authorities to check on all food factories to ensure that they comply to a high standard of hygienic food manufacturing practices. We have been making this call to monitor food manufacturers for decades, but it appeared that raids had only been carried out irregularly thus emboldening some factories to violate the law. In recent media...
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What is a Food Additive?

ACCORDING to the Codex Alimentarius (an international food code of the WHO and FAO), a food additive is: “Any substance NOT normally consumed as a food by itself and NOT normally used as a typical ingredient of food, whether or not it has nutritive value, the intentional addition of which to food for a technological (including organoleptic) purpose in the manufacture, processing, preparation,...
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CAP: Recall winter melon strips from the market

The Consumers Association of Penang calls upon the Ministry of Health to immediately recall winter melon strips from the market. The call is made in response to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) recall of winter melon strips from Malaysia which was found to contain sulphur dioxide that exceeded the maximum limit stated in the Singapore Food Regulations. Winter melon strips are used in the making...
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How Food Additives Act Against You

FOOD ADDITIVES are non-foods added to food. They may cause mutations, genetic damage or birth defects — all very subtle effects. They may also cause cancer, or interfere with the body’s normal processes — long-term effects that are little understood. They may even impair the liver. If toxins are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, they are transported to the liver. The liver has...
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Vegetarians have up to 50% LESS CANCER

A STUDY conducted among 50,000 vegetarians (the Seventh-Day Adventists) revealed results that shook the world of cancer research. The study clearly showed that this group has an astonishingly low rate of all types of cancer, and a significantly longer life span. Another study of Mormons in California showed that cancer occurs in this group at a rate of 50% less than in the normal population....
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Authorities urged to clarify if all water purifiers are safe to use

A water purifier marketed by Coway in Korea was found to be leaching nickel in the water tank and, hence, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls upon the Malaysian authorities to urgently look into the matter and issue a statement. The Seoul High Court recently ruled that the company had failed to notify its customers that the nickel plating in the water tank can potentially...
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Processed food products contain much higher sodium when compared to their natural counterparts.

French fries routinely carry over 7.5 times more sodium than fresh ones (ie potato). A canned tomato juice drink contains almost 6 times more sodium when compared to a tomato. Meats prepared at fast-food joints (namely fried chicken) can have 3 times as much sodium as fresh meat. Too much sodium is bad for our health. It is known to cause strokes, high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney...
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