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.

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