Food Safety an Issue Across Asia

The past summer in this country brought a common problem prevalent in the hot months of the year: food safety. Thus news of people rushed to the hospital because of eating spoiled food becomes a staple fodder within the media these days.

On a larger scale however, the issue remains a real one in different nations across the continent as well. An online article from the Khaleej Times includes the following:

Across Asia governments appear to be struggling to control the use of toxic chemicals in manufactured and fresh food, chemicals that experts believe are responsible for deteriorating public health.

Formaldehyde seems to be one of the most widely found chemicals, used for everything from keeping flies off fresh meat in wet markets to prolonging freshness and enhancing the colour of manufactured foodstuffs.

Boric and benzoic acid, industrial dyes, fertilisers and pesticides, antibiotics, bad oil and sulphur dioxide are among the substances found in fresh and packaged foodstuffs throughout Asia.

Experts across the region are beginning to blame a range of illnesses, including rising cancer rates, liver and kidney ailments, stunted mental and physical development in children — and, in extreme cases, death — on adulterated food.

Follow the complete article here.

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