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Category: Food EN

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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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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Chicken prices skyrocketed

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is outraged by the fact that chicken retail price increased to between RM9 and RM11 per kg during the third week of June. It had increased between RM1.50 to RM3.50 within a week. We urge the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) to act fast because chicken is an important source of a more affordable white meat. Retailers told our...
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WHY IS JELLY CANDY STILL BEING SOLD?

CAP is concerned about the four-year-old boy who died after choking on a piece of jelly candy in his house in Kampung Batu Manikar, Labuan, on 20 May. In 2004, we had called for an immediate ban on this type of sweet from the market as it posed as a choking hazard. This boy could have been alive today if immediate action to permanently remove these products from the market had been put...
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Allow slaughtering of poultry in wet markets

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to allow the slaughtering of poultry in the market as consumers should have a choice between dressed poultry and those that are freshly slaughtered in wet markets. The reasons for doing away with the slaughtering poultry are not good enough because there are ways to circumvent the existing problems than...
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