Organic agriculture is defined as “a holistic food production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It emphasises the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, taking into account that regional conditions require locally adapted systems.
The multinational corporations, aided by hedge funds, play a key role in causing the current global food crisis and rise in food prices through their increasing control of the food system.
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, packed fruit juices soft drinks, beverages, energy drinks, bread, breakfast cereals, sauces, snacks and soups.
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 contain about the maximum allowable daily intake of 2,400 mg of sodium. Tests in Hong Kong found sodium levels as high as 5,800 mg per 100 gm of instant noodles (each packet is about 80 gm).
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.