Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

LABELLING OF FOREIGN FOOD PRODUCTS

Mr Idris showing products not abiding Malaysian labelling law.

A recent survey conducted by Consumers' Association of Penang shows that many foreign food products from China, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Korea do not comply with the Food Regulations 1985 Part IV (Labelling) and the Trade Descriptions Act 1972 Part II Section 6(1) accordingly.

The labels on these products do not have the name and address of the importer, distributor and the ingredients contained within the products. Moreover, the language used on the labels also uses the language of the respective country rather than in Bahasa Malaysia as required under the Acts.

CAP: Ban animal-based L-cysteine

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to ban animal based L cysteine and impose mandatory labeling of this substance in products sold in Malaysia.

According to the 11th Schedule of the Food Regulations 1985, the use of  L-cysteine is allowed in wheat flour and high-protein flour for bread-making.

Malaysian delicacies such as bread, roti canai, roti jala, puri and pau which are made from flour could contain L- cysteine, a food additive that is derived from human and animal sources such as hair, feathers bristle and hooves.

Antibiotic resistance, illness and animals: the science is solid

We refer to the statement by Datuk Dr. Kamarudin Md. Isa, Director-General of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), which appeared in the dailies on May 16th 2016. Dr Kamarudin had said that ‘there are no plans to ban the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry’ as ‘no scientific research has proved that humans can suffer negative effects of antibiotics from eating meat’.

Since the United Kingdom’s 1969 Swann Report, hundreds of studies over the last few decades have shown links between the use of antibiotics in animal food production, the development and spread of antibiotic resistance and resulting human infections and even deaths.

Fight Against Food Fraud

In 2008 in China, melamine was illegally added to some powdered milk and related dairy products including infant formula.

Melamine is an industrial chemical used mainly in the production of plastics, primarily for counter tops, utensils, fabric, adhesives and flame retardants.

And why was melamine added to the milk and infant formula? To increase the nitrogen content of the milk and therefore its apparent protein content! Water had been added to the raw milk to increase the volume but this resulted in diluting the milk, leaving it with a lower protein concentration.

Government must stop the use of banned antibiotics in our shrimps

The furore over the banning of shrimp and prawns from Malaysia by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) because it contained banned antibiotics drew bizarre responses some bordering on the absurd.

The fact is the two antibiotics Chloramphenicol and Nitrofurans are banned for use in Malaysia since 1985. Yet they continue to pop up in our farmed fisheries and farmed meat products.