Consumers Association of Penang

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Ban the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

altThe 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 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 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).

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.

A quarter teaspoon of this pesticide can kill - Ban it

furan-effectThe 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 granules at the shoot of the plant to prevent it being attacked by pests. Watermelon growers were also using carbofuran on the soil to prevent pest from attacking the plant.
 

Why no recall of QBB ghee?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that there are no attempts being made by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism to recall the sale of QBB ghee carrying the halal logo inspite of JAKIM's confirmation and withdrawal of the halal status of the ghee for containing doubtful elements, one week ago.