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Offline thaiga

McDonald's oil poses risk, probe finds
« on: March 14, 2013, 12:56:56 PM »
The Consumer Protection Foundation has found one McDonald's outlet uses old cooking oil which contains a health-risk substance higher than the safety standard in its fried chicken.

Foundation representative Patchara Klaewkla yesterday said the group examined fried chicken samples from 11 outlets that sold fried chicken in Bangkok between Jan 21 and 23.

According to Mr Patchara, the McDonald's's branch in the Center One shopping mall at Victory Monument was found to have polar compounds at more than 25% of the food weight _ a Public Health Ministry safety standard.

Compounds beyond the safety limit could cause high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attacks and paralysis, Worawit Kittiwongsunthorn, director of the Regional Medical Sciences Centre 7 in Ubon Ratchathani, said.

The foundation will send a letter to the McDonald's branch asking it to rectify the problem, Mr Patchara said.

He said the ministry's regulation limits the polar compounds to no more than 25% in food and violators may be fined up to 10,000 baht. The compounds are often found in old cooking oil.

Mr Worawit said three other samples from fried chicken restaurants were also found to be cooked in oil which nearly hit the safety limit.

Deteriorated cooking oil could also contain a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) substance which places consumers at risk of cancer.

Mr Worawit said many fried chicken shops mix new oil with old oil, and this practice could have the effect of multiplying the polar compounds.

Another concern is that many shops buy old oil which has been subject to a process of filtering and colour bleaching to look new, Mr Worawit said.

The oil must not be used more than three times as it will deteriorate, he added.

A McDonald's spokesman said its quality control unit will look into matter.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: McDonald's oil poses risk, probe finds
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2013, 01:10:30 PM »
Maybe at McDonalds they just haven't heard yet, that old cooking oil can be sold to bio-fuel plants at good prices still.
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sicho

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Re: McDonald's oil poses risk, probe finds
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2013, 02:54:16 PM »
Probably a franchisee cutting costs.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: FDA warns of used cooking oil
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 08:57:49 PM »
Popular food deep fried in old oil were discovered to be contaminated with a substance dangerous to health, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday.

The warning followed its random inspections of 5,995 food items such as deep-fried chicken, sausages, fried chips, meatballs and pork snacks at markets across the country last year. Almost 10 per cent of food tested by officials had polar compounds exceeding the limit at 25 per cent of the used oil.

The agency said foods cooked with oil exceeding the standard were mostly found at wet and makeshift markets in Bangkok and upcountry.

Overheating or over-using cooking oil can cause polar compounds, putting consumers at risk for cancer, high blood pressure and other health problems, according to the FDA.

The 25 per cent limit on polar compounds in used oil took effect on March 13 to better protect consumers. Vendors violating the rule are subject to fines up to 10,000 baht.

The agency said its inspectors will join hands with provincial health officials to randomly sample re-used cooking oil at markets again to ensure that sellers comply with the new rules.

The FDA and Public Health Ministry have sets of polar testers for sale to vendors who wish to measure the substances in their oil.

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Re: McDonald's oil poses risk, probe finds
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 06:51:16 AM »
Morning everyone. The last time I had McDonald's the fries tasted like fish, really strong too.  I've noticed too that for the last four-five months that their special promos that they advertise in the True Magazine for deliveries are all fried chicken.  There isn't one special that has a beef burger in it, Big Mac, etc., and what is McDonald's known for?  I hardly eat McDonald's, but every now and then when I'm too lazy to cook, I'll get a burger.
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 08:05:45 AM »
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every now and then when I'm too lazy to cook, I'll get a burger.

McDonald's does target kids! ;)
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Re: McDonald's oil poses risk, probe finds
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013, 10:15:50 AM »
McDonald's does target kids! ;)

A bit like a psychopath.
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013, 11:43:20 AM »
Now now, be careful how you use the p word around here.  We don't want to offend anyone in particular who might be reading the forum.  ;D 
 

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013, 12:45:21 PM »
Now now, be careful how you use the p word around here.  We don't want to offend anyone in particular who might be reading the forum.  ;D

You'd immediately get reported to the Police, so better watch out!
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