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Category: Food EN

Chillies – Hot healer for many illnesses

Chillies may prevent: cancer, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bronchitis, emphysema, coughs and colds and stomach ulcer. Used as a food, a spice and an herbal medicine for over 9,000 years, chillies are said to be good for the kidneys, spleen, pancreas, lungs and heart. In Victorian England, chillies were prized for their warming properties in...
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Eat like a Greek – Flavour plus good health

There is strong evidence that a Mediterranean diet protects against cardiovascular disease. Other recent research has linked the eating style to a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Diets are often doomed to fail because they focus more on what you can’t eat than what you can. Don’t eat bread. Don’t eat sugar. Don’t eat fat. On some diets, even certain fruits and vegetables are...
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Malaysians are the 8th largest sugar consumers in the world

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned that sugar consumption among Malaysians is increasing at an alarming rate. The high sugar intake is reflected by the serious health problems and debilitating diseases striking Malaysians each day. Early in 2009 Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad the former Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs announced that Malaysia is the 8th highest sugar...
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food-rush

Massive speculation causes food prices to soar

By Tim Jones The recent steep rise in wheat prices has raised fears of another global food crisis. It is the banks and hedge funds speculating on the price of food that are primarily responsible for this spike in prices. In just one month in July 2010, the price of wheat increased by 60%. The huge increase in the price has already led to people across the world paying more for the staple food....
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food-waste

Make food wastage a punishable crime

About 7.34 million tonnes of solid wastes were generated in Malaysia in 2005, enough to fill up 42 buildings the size equivalent to the PETRONAS Twin Towers. Solid waste generation is expected to reach 30,000 tonnes per day in 2020. Of the composition of solid waste, it is estimated that about 45% is made up of food waste. (Source: Ministry of Housing and Local Government) This does not come as a...
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Increase food self-sufficiency, avoid wastage

The prices of staple foods are already escalating to worrying levels and a number of governments are resorting to urgent measures to address the situation. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General, Mr Jacques Diouf was recently quoted as saying, “The rise in prices of food commodities all over the world is not going to ease in the short term in view of...
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Ban the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on Ministry of Health to ban the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in food products.  HFCS is a toxic substance with an innocent name which food producers are using as a cheap substitute for sugar in processed food.   HFCS is widely used in a wide range of foods  such as jams breads spreads, chocolate, baking and cooking ingredients,...
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136 additives allowed in instant noodles

136 additives, mostly chemicals, are allowed to be added in instant noodles by Codex, the food standards of WHO/FAO. The picture below shows some of those ingredients. Out of the 136 additives, 24 of them are sodium salts, besides table salt which is also added. That is why instant noodles contain extremely high sodium content. According to CAP tests, just one packet of instant noodles alone can...
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Call for immediate halt to sales of Similac Baby Formula

The Consumers Association of Penang is disturbed to read a Reuters report that Similac Baby formula manufactured by Abbott Laboratories Inc. has recalled millions of containers of the baby formula believed to be beetle-tainted in the United States. Similac Baby Formula is also sold here in Malaysia. The decision to voluntarily recall the product came about when two consumer reports were made on...
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furan-effect

A quarter teaspoon of this pesticide can kill – Ban it

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Agriculture to impose an immediate ban on  the pesticide carbofuran. Early this year five farmers in Pendang, Kedah lost RM30,000 when 18 cows died from carbofuran poisoning. The cows were grazing on the rice field which had used the pesticide.   During a recent survey it was found that farmers growing maize placed carbofuran...
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