Today’s Quote – 45

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right ~ Edward Simmons

Rhodamine B (Pewarna) dalam makanan penyebab kanser

Rhodamine-B, pewarna tiruan untuk memberikan warna merah muda supaya makanan kelihatan segar, merupakan bahan karsinogenik (boleh menyebabkan kanser) yang bahaya. Walaupun bahan ini telah lama diharamkan penggunaannya dalam penyediaan bahan makanan, tetapi masih banyak pengilang dan pengusaha makanan yang menggunakan bahan kimia ini, terutamanya pengusaha belacan.

Oleh itu, kita sebagai pengguna perlulah prihatin semasa membeli bahan makanan (belacan dan lain-lain) yang mengandungi pewarna tiruan ini sebagai langkah-langkah pencegahan kanser. Sebaik-baiknya elakkan daripada mengambil makanan, seperti kuih-muih dan minuman, yang berwarna-warni yang kebanyakannya menggunakan pewarna tiruan ini.

After 37 years, cancer-causing agent still in food

Source – CAP

The Ministry of Health is making a mockery of the Food Regulations as the use of Rhodamine B in food is still rampant in spite of it being banned.

CAP first detected the presence of Rhodamine B in belacan in 1973 and since then tests conducted in 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 have still found this dye to be present in belacan and other foods.

On each occasion when we found this dye in food, a letter was sent to the Ministry of Health requesting them to investigate. However we regret that the situation has not changed. This dye is still being used in food in spite of it being banned more than half a century ago. Rhodamine B, a cancer-causing agent, produces a pinkish hue. It is not supposed to be used as a colouring agent for food. It is meant only for dyeing plastic goods and textiles.

Under the Food Regulations 1985, Rhodamine B is not allowed for use in food. Offenders, if convicted, may face a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or both.

Rhodamine B was also not allowed in food under the Food and Drug Ordinance of 1952. This means that this dye was banned for use in food for more than 50 years.

In our latest test conducted in April 2010, we found Rhodamine B to be present in 2 samples of belacan and some coloured snacks bought at a famous wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

We are shocked that Rhodamine B is still present in food although it has been banned more than 50 years ago.

From the results of our latest test, it is obvious that the law is not stringent enough to deter offenders from using this dye in food.

Cancer is the Number One killer in Malaysia and it is affecting an increasing number of Malaysians. The consumption of cancer-causing agents in food is a major cause of cancer. In view of our latest findings, CAP calls on the Ministry of Health to take the following actions:

* Strictly enforce the Food Regulations 1985.

* Investigate and prosecute any person found using dyes in food items which the law does not allow to be coloured.

* Stop the sale of industrial-grade dyes (banned for food) in small quantities to prevent misuse.

* Discourage food operators and manufacturers from using chemical dyes since they are dangerous and totally unnecessary.

* Conduct media campaigns to discourage consumers from purchasing food items that contain dyes and educate them on how to read food labels properly.

* Conduct regular tests frequently on all food items sold to ensure that they are free from banned dyes and toxic chemicals.

The Ministry of Health should seize all such food products in the market. Meanwhile consumers are advised to avoid foods which look unnaturally bright.

Artikel di bawah ini berkaitan dengan penggunaan Rhodamine-B dalam belacan yang masih berleluasa di pasaran.

13/08/10: Colouring in belacan can cause cancer

Source – Foodsafety

Cancer-causing artificial colouring, Rhodamine-B, is still being used in the making of belacan (shrimp paste), said Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The ministry was aware of the matter and the manufacturers who were using the substance were being monitored.

Last year, two of 115 samples taken from shrimp paste manufacturers were found to contain the chemical which should only be used for plastic or fabric.

Both the samples were obtained from grocery stores in Sarawak and the manufacturer had been charged in court, he said.

Liow cautioned manufacturers not to use the colouring substance because it could pose health risks, including cancer.

Manufacturers who failed to adhere to the directive would face stern action. Non-compliance could result in a fine of up to RM100,000 (S$42,918) or 10 years’ jail or both, he said when responding to a report on the use of the substance in shrimp paste.

Awas! Minuman kotak “Green Bean Soy Drink”

Saya ingin berkongsi maklumat dengan pengujung blog ni tentang minuman kotak berjenama Yeo’s, perisa Green Bean Soy Drink…hati-hati dengan minuman ini kerana ia mengandungi E471 (produk babi).

Jangan jadikan barangan haram itu darah daging ….

BERHATI-HATILAH DGN MINUMAN INI ..

Dipetik dari: SINI

Assalamualaikum wr wb,

GREEN BEAN SOY DRINK

Salam semua. Kali ini saya nak sentuh ttg minuman ringan keluaran Yeo Hiap Seng, jenama salah satu pembekal minuman ringan yg tak asing lagi di rantau ini khususnya Singapura dan Malaysia.

Pernahkah anda dengar ttg keluaran produk minuman YHS yg terkini, khususnya minuman kacang soya fusion dgn kacang hijau? Jika anda di Singapura, harap2 baca dulu ya, bahan-bahan yg terkandung dalam minuman ini.

Semasa saya ke salah sebuah pasaraya tempatan, terpandang saya ke arah minuman ini yg saya fikiradalah salah satu lagi keluaran terbaru YHS. Iyerlah, apalah bahan yg nak dibubuh dlm minumankan? So I pick up one and brought to office. Tapi, bila saya baca ingredientsnya……. lihat kat pic ini.lihat dekat-dekat……. Apa kah kandungan dalamnya? Rupa-rupanya E471 is derived from pig. MasyaAllah, dah takde lagi ke sumber yg baik, yg murni, darimana pihak pengeluar nak dapatkan bahan atau sumber utk membuat produk minuman mereka???? Tidakkah mereka peka dgn pengguna2 Islam yg sememangnya ramai telah terbiasa dgn minuman yg mereka bekalkan atas jenama YHS???

Belek punya belek…..hah, patutlah. Minuman ni diperbuat di……. di negara yg dah mmg dah tersohor bubuh melamine dalam susu!!!

Apapun, saya sekedar berkongsi info dan diharap sesiapa yg teringin nak merasa minuman jenama YHS ” Green Bean Soy Drink “, lupakan sajalah niat anda tu. Tak berbaloi bahan yg haram jika memasuki dlm tubuh badan kita ni!! Harap dapat sebarkan info ini terutama sekali kpd anak-anak kita yg mungkin kurang arif ttg perkara ini.

Do not drink FANTA APPLE, as it contains (E211, E224) Fat of Pork(PIG)

by Idrus Hashim

Today’s Quote – 44

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing ~ Harriet Braiker

Petua Kesihatan: Duduk betul depan komputer

Banyak orang yang duduk depan komputer berjam-jam, sama ada kerja atau melayari internet, termasuk berfacebook. Selalunya, terlalu lama duduk menyebabkan sakit belakang dan jika keadaan ini terterusan, dikhuatiri akhirnya akan menjejaskan kesihatan. Oleh itu, kedudukan badan, kaki dan tapak kaki yang betul akan membantu mengurangkan rasa sakit belakang.

Cadangan/petua duduk yang berikut diberikan oleh The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons…. sama-sama kita mencubanya, semoga bermanfaat…

Health Tip: Sit Properly at the Computer

Suggestions for setting up your chair

It’s important to maintain proper posture when sitting at the computer.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

* Opt for a chair that is easy to adjust, feels stable, includes a backrest, and with wheels that touch the floor at a minimum of five points.

* Make sure your knees are at the level of your hips while your feet are planted on the floor.

* Use adjustable armrests to support your arms and place your elbows close to your waist.

* Make sure the seat is padded and offers at least an inch of room beyond your thighs and hips.

* The seat should slightly point toward the floor. There also should be some room between the back of your knees and the seat.

— Diana Kohnle

Source

Tanda Alergi

Alergi merupakan penyakit yang biasa dijumpai di mana-mana, tetapi banyak orang yang kurang kesedaran mengenai penyakit ini sehingga tanda-tanda alergi tidak berapa diendahkan, sehinggalah ia boleh menimbulkan penyakit lain pula.

Alergi adalah reaksi atau tindakbalas yang berlaku pada tubuh disebabkan oleh peningkatan kadar imunoglobulin E yang merupakan suatu mekanisme sistem imun.

Alergi dipengaruhi oleh faktor genetik dan persekitaran. Oleh itu, alergi ini boleh dikurangkan dengan mengurangkan atau mengawal persekitaran supaya terhindar daripada alergi, seperti debu, tungau dan makanan alergi.

Terdapat berbagai tanda yang menunjukkan seseorang itu alergi. Secara amnya, terdapat dua jenis alergi iaitu yang berkaitan dengan pernafasan dan kulit.

Berikut dimuatkan tanda-tanda alergi yang biasa dijumpai…

Are Your Allergies Out of Control?

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Sign #1: The Allergic Salute

You vacuum with a HEPA filter. You stay indoors when the pollen count is high. You take medications as directed. But do you really have your allergy symptoms under control? If you’re constantly doing the “allergic salute,” the answer is probably no. This gesture — a swipe at the tip of an itchy, runny nose — is especially common in children.

Sign #2: Raccoon Eyes

Dark circles under watery eyes are another sign of allergies run amok. The circles may result from frequent rubbing of itchy eyes. Fortunately, itching, tearing, sneezing, and a runny nose can all be relieved with antihistamines. If you already take this type of medication, check with your doctor about adjusting your dosing schedule.

Sign #3: Chronic Congestion

A stuffy nose usually lasts a week or two when a cold or flu is to blame. If congestion goes on and on, allergies are a more likely suspect. During an allergic reaction, the lining of your nasal passages may swell and produce excess mucus. This can cause sinus pressure and headaches. Decongestants can provide short-term relief. For a long-term plan of action, consider seeing an allergist.

Sign #4: Wheezing

Wheezing is often associated with asthma, but it can also signal an allergic reaction to pollen, mold, pet dander, or other irritants. The characteristic whistling sound occurs when air passes through narrowed airways. In severe cases, obstruction of airflow requires emergency care. You should be evaluated and monitored by your doctor if you have wheezing related to allergies.

Sign #5: Itchy Skin

Itching may just be a sign of dry skin. But when it is persistent, and especially when accompanied by a rash, eczema may be to blame. Eczema is a type of skin reaction that’s common in people with other allergies. Triggers may include soap or detergent, pet dander, and coarse materials. Moisturizers and hydrocortisone cream can help soothe flares. For severe cases, prescription medications are available.

Sign #6: Hives

Hives are hard to miss. These pale red bumps tend to itch, and they can last from several hours to several days. Often, they’re caused by an allergic reaction to some type of food, medication, insect sting, or even sunlight. Antihistamines are usually effective for immediate relief. But the best solution is to identify and avoid the trigger.

Sign #7: Insomnia

Itching, congestion, sinus pain — allergy symptoms can be tough on sleep. Symptoms like coughing or wheezing may wake you up, and a stuffed nose may make it hard to fall asleep. Some allergy drugs can also disrupt a good night’s sleep. Trouble sleeping is one sign that it may be time to ask your doctor about changing your allergy treatment regimen.

Sign #8: Trouble Concentrating

You may find it hard to concentrate when your eyes are tearing, your nose is dripping, and you’ve been up all night. In addition, some over-the-counter antihistamines may make you feel foggy. If you find your job performance, home life, or relationships are suffering because of allergies, don’t hesitate to tell your doctor. It may be time to discuss your treatment options.

Sign #9: Fatigue

Allergies can deal a triple-whammy to your energy level. First, your symptoms can affect the quality of your sleep. Second, allergies involve a chronic overreaction of the immune system, which can cause fatigue. Third, some antihistamines cause drowsiness. Some newer antihistamines are less likely to cause drowsiness; ask your pharmacist for help.

Source

Today’s Quote – 43

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for ~ Joseph Addison

%d bloggers like this: