Thursday, December 30, 2010

Are These Safe (Again) ?

Seven Food That Should
Not Have Crossed Your Lips!

(as reported today in CNN)

Again, another advice about food safety. It is begining to look like food produced for the mass market is giving us and our children something to worry about. Just what is our future going to be?

The (new) seven food listed (via CNN) is by Prevention Magazine USA. For clearer details go to this site to read more.

[Ed note: this link was re-inserted after it was taken off 2 hrs after print.We found a snap shot (time-frame record via a Swedish archive) and place it back here for direct link.]

These are:-

1) Canned Tomatoes including tomato paste for preparing sauces
2) Corn Beef
3) Micro Waved Pop Corn
4) Potatoes
5) Salmon

Almost 99% of Salmon sold here in Malaysia are farmed. Wild Salmon is not available via the Hypermarket. I also suspect that most Shushi joints uses farmed Salmon because it is cheap. Wild Salmon was never encountered by us on the menu at Japanese Restaurants here.

6) Milk
7) Apples
The above alert is a wake up call and for us, citizens of Malaysia, how are we ever to know just what is safe to eat anymore? Building more hospitals to treat Cancer is not a solution. Building more hospitals fitted with the latest 'thingamagik' would make medical fees higher.
We the citizens, not only suffer physical pains when such dreadful disease hit us but the financial shock would lead us to think that dying from the disease would be a better alternative. When one survives after the costly episode, do we have any money left to live the rest of our lifes?

It is dawning on us that our Health Ministry is not in control about what we eat or what is there to eat safely. We in Malaysia do not have a separate Government Authority about food and drug safety like in the leading developed countries. Mixing the functions within the Health Department is NOT effective and may be contradictory because we as the citizens would be in a lose/lose situation.

Folks, it is high time that we lobby for a Food and Drug Safety Ministry. Do it for the sake of our children. The terms "..the right hand do not know what the left hand is doing...." and " can't tell the difference between an elbow and an arse..." is getting real!!

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