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Category: Food EN

Boba milk tea: A bubble of health concerns

The Consumers’ Association of Penang cautions the people to refrain from drinking the boba milk tea which is also known as bubble tea or boba juice for health reasons. A study conducted by the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore found that a 500ml cup of brown sugar boba milk tea can contains about 92g of sugar. This is about three times as much sugar as in a 320ml can of Coca Cola. Forty-three...
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CAP: Non-alcoholic beverage? No way!

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is highly sceptical when Heineken Malaysia Bhd announced in June that it will be launching Heineken 0.0 non-alcoholic malt beverage in July 2019. In fact, it was planning to sell the product in 14 markets across Europe, Russia, and Israel. Although Heineken said that it is going to tap the global trend of moderate alcohol consumption where a...
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Are Malaysians second rated consumers where food safety is concerned?

Time and again we hear of Malaysian produce being rejected by other countries. The latest being bottled mineral water recalled by the Singaporean authorities. The particular bottled mineral water was found to containPseudomonas aeruginosa – a common bacterium that is found in faeces, soil, water and sewage. It is strange that such an incident was not discovered by our local authorities even...
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Ramadhan Bazaars’ Food Safety in Question

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the state health department to be vigilant against food poisoning and water-borne diseases that may easily be propagated through unhygienic food handling at all Ramadhan bazaars. From our surveillance, we found that many food handlers at Ramadhan bazaars did not wear gloves, apron, or headwear. There were often several people manning a stall and...
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CAP calls for laws to ensure that animal feeds are Halal

The Consumers Association of  Penang calls for laws to ensure that animal feeds are Halal. As animal feed is one of the important aspects in the Halal food supply chain, feeding animals with  Haram animal by-products will make its meat unsuitable for Muslims to consume. Meanwhile Muslims should refrain from eating meat until such laws are enforced. The use of animal by-products from...
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Food for thought over needless death

Two elderly women died during a stampede involving more than 1,000 people tussling for 200 free food coupons in Kuala Lumpur. The number of people there was five times over the number of available free food coupons for the elderly. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is outraged over this news because it should not have happened and the two women should not have died. People should stop...
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Stop Exposing Consumers to Tainted Meats

As we take note of World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 12-18 November, one of the most pressing problems we face is the persistent presence of foods contaminated with antibiotic residues and antibiotic resistant bacteria. Over the years the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has raised concerns on the use of antiobiotics in livestock production, agriculture and aquaculture in Malaysia,...
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 CAP: Papadum dangerously overloaded with Sodium

Papadum, a crispy thin cracker, served with Indian meals is dangerously overloaded with sodium. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to set limits for sodium in papadum in view of its high sodium content. It should direct Customs Department to check all imports and the dangerous levels of sodium in papadum. Consuming high amount of sodium causes high...
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MALAYSIA’S TOWERING INFERNO SAGA CONTINUES

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is highly concerned with the lack of regard by the authorities for fire safety in our country. At 11.50am on 13 February a fire that started during some maintenance work on the EPF building in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya was able to spread quickly because the cladding on the exterior wall of the building was made from a material that did not comply...
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Shock-ing Toys For Children

Besides the numerous hazardous toys that are on sale in supermarkets, shops and stalls throughout the country, there are novelty items that are capable of giving an electric shock that have made a comeback. It was spotted in a recent survey by the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and we were able to buy “Shock Chewing Gum” at RM6.00 each. It is designed to look like Wrigley's chewing...
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