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Category: Food EN


After 37 years, cancer-causing agent still in food

The Ministry of Health is making a mockery of the Food Regulations as the use of Rhodamine B in food is still rampant in spite of it being banned. CAP first detected the presence of Rhodamine B in belacan in 1973 and since then tests conducted in 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 have still found this dye to be present in belacan and other foods.   On each occasion...
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Corporations rule our food rules: WHO/FAO Compromises International Food Standards

Who decides on what can be added to our food or what food is considered safe for consumption? Whether in Malaysia, China or Australia, Governments have to follow the Codex Alimentarius, rules set up by the WHO and FAO which are policed by the WTO (World Trade Organisation). This is supposed to facilitate free trade. But the Codex Alimentarius which is supposed to protect consumers with safe food...
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CAP welcomes Polystyrene ban In Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the Penang State Government’s decision to enforce a ban on polystyrene starting 1st January, 2011.  The ban is expected to cover all food premises and temporary hawking sites owned by local councils in the State. The ruling is indeed laudable because the biggest environmental health concern associated with polystyrene is the...
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Horrors in our markets

The Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) to immediately clean up and beautify all wet markets in Penang which are in deplorable conditions of filth and poor hygiene. In a survey of wet markets carried out by CAP in Chowrasta, Central, Bayan Baru, Ayer Itam, Pulau Tikus, Jelutong, Riffle Range, Taman Tun Sardon, Padang Tembak and the old...
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Is our rice safe from banned endosulfan?

The Consumers Association of Penang is appalled by the Pesticide Board not taking action to eradicate the pesticide endosulfan. Endosulfan, a highly acute toxin and a suspected endocrine disruptor, was banned in 2005 under the Pesticides Act 1974. In a letter to CAP dated 17th October 2008, the Pesticide Board informed us that the registration for endosulfan was terminated in 15th August 2005....
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25 years of inaction: Boric acid still in food

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that banned boric acid is still found in food, in spite of our numerous calls to the Ministry of Health for the last 25 years to take action on the issue. CAP’s latest test on various types of food such as Bak chang (Chinese dumpling), yellow noodles and Nyonya kuih found boric acid to be present in all the samples tested. Bak chang...
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Is MSG safe?

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a popular flavouring substance commonly used in home-cooked and restaurant foods — as well as in most processed, packaged and frozen foods — is a long-trusted food seasoning in Malaysia. The food industry tells us it’s “natural” and “safe”. But eater, beware: A growing mountain of evidence indicates that MSG may be more toxic...
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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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