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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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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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