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Category: Food EN

Don’t milk the school milk scheme

Recently, repeated cases of food poisoning among schoolchildren after consuming milk under the school milk scheme forced authorities to put a temporary halt to this scheme. However, the scheme resumed in June - following checks and assurances that the milk scheme was up to standard. Unfortunately, food poisoning incidents are surfacing again in spite of the additional precautions taken by the...
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Revoke and remove approved GM food from our shelves

Most consumers all over the world are unwittingly eating food produced from genetically modified (GM) crops. Even in Malaysia, most of us do not know that we may already be eating GM food as foods containing GM ingredients are already on sale here. Consumers unknowingly buy them, as foods containing GM ingredients may not be immediately apparent, unless it is stated in the label....
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Are discounted foodstuffs fit for consumption?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is disturbed to learn that food products that may not be safe for consumption are being offered to customers at a discounted rate at a leading hypermarket in Penang. They are placed on a separate shelf under the banner heading “Reduced to Clear”. Among the defects we noted were: a tin of infant formula badly dented canned fruits and a fizzy...
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Blacklist repeat errant food producers

We refer to the 2008 closure of a factory in Kepala Batas which produces seafood-based products. The State Health Department authorities found that the factory operator had stored pork together with other products in the freezer, used a banned preservative and also used recycled oil for cooking. In addition, the oil was stored in unhygienic recycled plastic containers. It is appalling that this...
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Stay away from instant noodles to keep healthy

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on consumers to avoid eating instant noodles as it is harmful to health. Studies have shown that high sodium consumption is linked to a variety of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. In 2004 Malaysians consumed 870 million packets of instant noodles but by 2008 it had increased to more than 1,210 million packets....
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Food: better than supplements

There is a proven formula for health and well-being, you might say a cure even, for the many common diseases that plague modern man — and the answer is not supplements. It is not advertised; is sold without claims; does not come in attractive packaging; is cheap, natural and effective; and it’s 100% safe as it’s been tried and tested since prehistoric times. The wonder cure: Wholesome...
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97% of fast foods fail US nutrition test

Fast food restaurants are popular with young people especially with the attractive promotions through the use of toys or movie tie-ins. Childhood overweight and obesity is a serious health problem in Malaysia and many other countries. With more family meals now eaten outside the home than ever before, the nutrient quality of childrens’ fast food meals have come under the spotlight. Fast food...
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Act now to protect the health of our school kids

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is simply perturbed to read the report that the "Guidelines on Management of School Canteens" (Panduan Pengurusan Kantin Sekolah) is being violated and that unhealthy food such as sweets, pickled food (jeruk), snacks containing artificial flavouring and artificial colouring are still being sold inspite of it clearly being not permitted. The problem of...
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How caffeine affects children

Most of your parents wouldn't dream of giving you a cup of coffee, but they may readily give you soft drinks containing caffeine.  Though soft drinks may be tasty and sweet, it's a good idea to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially if you are young. Although there are no guidelines in Malaysia, Canada recommend that preschool children get no more than 45 milligrams of caffeine a...
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The new facts about fat

Cod-liver oil, the fishy liquid some of us were forced to swallow as children to help ward off colds, may be making a comeback. These days it’s sold in capsules and shares shelf space in the supplements aisle with other omega-3 and fish-oil pills. And an August 2007 study of some 22,000 people from Norway suggests it may help ward off depression. Cod-liver oil isn’t the only dietary fat...
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