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One-third of food 'not safe'
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:09:22 PM »
About one-third of the food available in the market is not safe because it often has excessive additives and chemicals, above the standard limit, and the labeling may be wrong, the Foundation for Consumers said on Monday



Pachara Kaewkla, of the Foundation for Consumers, said unsafe foods particularly include meat and other products from processing factories, because additives are added to extend the shelf life of the products.

He said consumers risk ingesting borax, preservative ingredients, colouring and formaldehyde from meat, while  dried foods may contain bleaching substances, colouring and pesticides. Fruits and vegetables may contain residues of insecticides.

Speaking at a conference in Bangkok on the lack of food safety in industry, Mr Patchara pointed to the level of preservatives in bread sold in convenience stores.

The consumer foundation and Chalad-Sue (Smart Buyer) magazine's survey revealed that one-third of the products had preservative levels exceeding the legal standard.

Other examples were the high amount caffeine and sugar in ready-to-drink green tea.

He said two-thirds of frozen foods have labels that do not matched the ingredients. One example was frozen grilled pork with sticky rice and the label indicated chicken as its ingredient.

There were also illegal advertisements that exaggeratied the quality of the products and misled consumers.

"Buying foods in the market is likes testing your luck because one-third of the food is not safe. So the best prevention is to read the label every time before buying any products.

"If you are not confident, just don't buy it. The issue of selling expired products has become an ordinary issue and it is difficult manufacturers to accept responsibility," he said.

Mr Pachara said the 1979 Food Act states that non-safe foods are foods containing substances that may be harmful to health or contain a chemical that may reduce the quality of food or foods that contain replaced ingredients.

Non-safe foods also cover substandard foods such as those containing levels of chemical residues higher than the recognised standard.

Government agencies should also announce which foods and products  are considered non-safe, he said.

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