Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Notorious Mr White Rabbit

In the Western world, if you asked for the white rabbit, people would probably direct you to the nearest sex shop. In Malaysia (or anywhere in the Far East), people will know that you are referring to that popular candy with the delicious (edible!) plasticky, transparent outer wrapping.

So I was naturally shocked, angry and disappointed to read about our fav candy, the White Rabbit, actually contained real plastic material - melamine!

(please pronounce melamine melameeeen, and not melamind).

But, what's more shocking is this article in the Star about melamine in White Rabbit. The White Rabbit (Creamy Candy) contains more than 50 times the permissible level. Yes, the Health Ministry actually allows small traces of melamine in food!!!

I am now officially worried with our food standards.

Can someone please enlighten me as to why small amount of melamine is allowed in food? Atmospheric background melamine???


Anonymous HW said...

LOL.. Probably because small amount of melamine can be cleared by a normal person's liver and kidney?

October 08, 2008 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The limit allowed is somewhere around 1mg/1kg...which is low and yes, can be tolerated by normal people's bodies. The thing about food is, there are probably close to thousands different chemicals in one item. Sometimes during the manufacturing, transporting and packaging process, "traces" of chemical contaminate the food. If the government wants to set limit on every single chemicals in food, it will be very time and cost consuming. The best method is that the government carrying out strict routine checks on the manufacturing plants to ensure that they follow proper procedures.

October 10, 2008 1:57 PM  
Blogger UncleJosh said...

i love those RABBITS when i was younger but as i grew older, i kinda stopped... ^_^

October 22, 2008 1:29 PM  
Blogger ♠Jeff Jim♠ said...

well as u know... mela-mind is the word projected out by 'canadian-wannabes' maa in kuching. hiak hiak haik!! Kanasai english also got hehehe.. thanks for the funny tag

November 01, 2008 1:52 PM  

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