Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yikes...Malaysia is in the News again

As usual, instead of reading the newspapers over breakfast, I think many of us surf blogs and the internet news over breakfast. As I was just about to swallow my last mouthful of nasi lemak, I saw this headline "California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not To Eat Ego Hao Jin Bang Candy imported from Malaysia". Wah...better check liow as I love to buy all these local junk food (especially preserved fruits) from the supermarket and the name Ego does ring a bell.

Found Ego's website without too much difficulty and when it flashed up, my first thought was "Alamak. I have bought and eaten quite a fair bit of their products and if I am not mistaken, I still have some at home". I bet if you were to go to the website to have a look, you would probably have seen their products in most of the supermarkets but may not have bought any. My consolation is perhaps this. The report read "Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed this candy should consult their physician or other health care provider to determine if medical testing is needed". I am not pregnant and neither am I a child, perhaps it would not affect me. Ahhhh.... now I understand why I seem to be gaining a fair bit of weight lately. It was not all those cakes and cookies from the Food Exchange Program, but the lead bits that I am swallowing down....phew... and here I thought I had to cut down on the cakes and cookies.

This is the picture of the accused product. I will be keeping an eye out for statements from the manufacturer to dispute this.




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11 comments:

hyperX said...

Quote "Recent analysis of these candies by CDPH determined that Ego Hao Jin Bang candy contained as much as 0.73 ppm of lead. California considers candies with lead levels in excess of 0.10 ppm to be contaminated."

0.10 ppm of lead is consider dangerous and the candy has 0.73 ppm. This is what I called scary.

YozoraNiteSky said...

oh dear..now that is scary hyperx... most of the time there is no way to check the stuff that we consume.. better way is just to stay away from preserved foodstuff :(.

Che-Cheh said...

Aiyo so scary. Do you think you need to go for a medic checkup? Dangerous leh...lead wor

YozoraNiteSky said...

che-cheh...i am thinking...there is an ironman superhero.. i may be the next leadwoman super heroine ...haha..i will stop eating these stuff immediately and hope everything will be alright. thank you for the concern dear..hugs!

cc said...

Lead in candies!! That's really scary! I remember this brand back home, it's really quite popular!

Hello, first time visiting here. :)

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi cc.. welcome welcome :D.. thank you for visiting. yeah.. yesterday i was at a mini mart in SS2..wah.. there were so many candies and preserved fruits manufactured by this company and people were just loading them up into their trolleys and food baskets. what to do? still have not found any press statement from the manufacturer disputing this accusation/

Ms. _____ 2 be ! said...

I never heard of this news of the candy but I seen it in stores.

YozoraNiteSky said...

ms._____2 be!: i have a feeling we will not be hearing or seeing this piece of news in our local radios or newspapers as our country's law on these things are never as strict as that in the US. But i am not taking chances with them :). Shall stop eating this brand of preserved stuff

Bento Pet said...

Thanks for the blog post. Didn't hear anything about this. Good thing I'm not much into these kind of food!

sarah said...

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YozoraNiteSky said...

Bento Pet: It is good to keep away from "junk" food.. hence the name.. JUNK :D

Sarah: Thank you for dropping in and you have really made my day :). Have a good weekend.