There Was Something in Milo and Dutch MIll? Hoax or True?

I ignored when I saw one. Perhaps another stitched story to gain social media popularity. Then came up another with similar scenario. Almost the same situation but showing different brand.

An opened branded drink in tetra pack. A kind of solid thing that they said came from it. Then a short story in capitalized letters:

dutch mill milo drink hoax

NAPAINUM SA ANK KO DUTCH MILL NA HINDI NAMEN ALM KUNG ANO??? AKALA KO DI TOTOO ANG MGA NASA FB!! MAGING AWARE N TYO MKKPAGMURA TLGA AKO NG WLA SA ORAS!?

DAME PNAINUM NG ANAK KO
KELANGANG IPALIWANAG NYO SMEN TO

It might be a hoax. The person involved wanted something from the company. Some cash to keep himself silent or payment for probable damages. Or he was an ousted employee wanting to get revenge.

A black propaganda by other brand. Other than launching expensive brand advertising, a negative campaign against competing brands seems effective. It almost has no cost. A simple wall post can go a long way.

Campaign against junk foods by some group. It is not the right way to do it. Again, it is an evil cost effective approach.

Someone is doing it just for fun. We do not know whatever his reason is.

I have seen foreign objects in softdrinks and beer bottles many times. Cigarette butt, straw, woods, plastics and others. The incidents were not surprising because those bottles are returnables. Those foreign objects were put in by customers. Missed on cleaning process, goes back to production line and filled again.

The above scenario has become very rare these days as production lines of huge companies use cutting-edge technologies. They have the capability to inspect every single item and toss out rejects at a very high speed.

If the incidents are true, FDA won’t keep silent. They will bare their fangs and furiously stop operation of committers.

A US Ban on Magic Sarap?

I am not a fan of this product. I have a self imposed ban on it.

A trending post said it will be banned in US. However, I can’t see evidence of its future ban in US, Philippines or any other countries.

A Facebook user named Klimmy Gaviola posted on Facebook:

Reports that this product will be banned in the United Sates due to cardiovascular health problems and other related diseases as a result of the ingredients in Magic Sarap. I threw half of my drawer full of magic sarap packets which I brought home every year from the Philippines as a precaution – with Lizzy Flores Enriquez-Potts and 11 others.

I think this created quite a scare resulting to customer avoiding the product use and company decrease sale. Who want to use a banned product especially if it is linked to health problems.

According to cyberwarzone.com, the Facebook post was a sort of scam. Clicking it will bring you to a website with malicious advertisements. The website was banned.

I never had a chance to verify. I only read it. Never shared and clicked to learn more.

I am not sure, but, if I am the manufacturer, I won’t let the issue proliferate without a fight.

It make sense. If you care on your health and health of relatives and friends, the natural things to do is share it and perhaps click to learn more information. Then a spammy site pops in intalling viruses to your gadget.

This trick is the same as posting porn picture or video scandal to direct a Facebook user to a certain website. Users are already aware of this spam so website owners are reinventing the strategy.

Digging the post deeper. If Magic Sarap has an ingredient (which was not mentioned) confirmed to cause health problems. The ban should have been imposed on that “ingredient” first. Then products containing it will follow. There is going to be a time lag in between two action as the effect is not immediate death.  Enough time for ingredient replacement avoiding possible ban.

Still worried? I have been hearing rumors of fake Magic Sarap lately. It is sure dangerous and should be avoided. It might be true considering the chain of fake food scandals.

update:

Please follow this link to read Maggi’s stand about this issue.

Reduction of Acrylamide in Potatoes, Bread and Coffee.

If acrylamide contents of food products worries you, then the following might help minimize it in every food preparation you make. It specifically point to potatoes, bread and coffee but could also be applied to other related products.

Frying produces the highest acrylamide content, followed by roasting, then baking. Boiling and microwaving whole potatoes doe not produce it.  Roasting and baking are better than frying. Boiling and microwave are best among the methods tested.

Foods cooked in smaller pieces produces more of this substance. So opt to prepare food in larger pieces. You may still cut it just before serving.

Soak slices in water for 15 to 30 minutes. It reduces acrylamide formation. Drain well before cooking. Not doing so may cause splattering and fire.

Store potatoes in dark cool places and away from moisture. Refrigeration causes increased acrylamide production during cooking. Remember, refrigeration is not always the best option. This contradicts the step in which the pre-fried potatoes should be frozen before re-frying.

More is produced for longer period and higher temperature cooking. A golden yellow to golden brown doneness is recommended for lesser acrylamide.

A light brown toasted bread is better over the darker toast. The latter contains less acrylamide.

No solution yet for acrylamide in coffee. It is not known if the light roasted coffee contain lesser than dark roasts.

Remember, all starchy foods  produce acrylamide when baked, roasted or fried at temperature of 100°C and over.

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Olive Powder Against Escherichia coli and Carcinogens (Heterocyclic Amines)

Agricultural Research Service and cooperating universities are working for a better burger. It does not mean they are making a more delicious burger. They are into making a safer burger instead.

Olive powder, a byproduct of olive oil processing. Yet another byproduct of great importance. It is found effective against Escherichia coli O157:H7. Well-known cause of food poisoning in the United States and is blamed for 60,000 illness case annually. It suppresses the formation of Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs), a potential cancer causing substance and neurotoxin.

Scientist found out it is effective in eliminating E. coli and suppressing MeIQx by 80% and PhIP by 84 percent.  The substance responsible for… is not yet known. It can come later, what more important is it help us deliver safer foods.

Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs) are formed when the recommended doneness for patties is reached. The same condition required to eliminate Escherichia coli O157:H7. Formed at high cooking temperatures, especially on burnt parts, when creatine reacts with amino acids. Formation occurs on beef, pork, fowl and fish.  About 17 HCAs have been suspected dangerous to human health. They are related to stomach, colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancer. The two HCAs MeIQx and PhIP are in the list National Toxicology Program’s of possible carcinogens. It is also found to be neurotoxic.

via and wiki

Is MSG Causing You Migraine Too?

I am not a fan of MSG but I am starting to believe that it is generally safe for human consumption.  It has been in circulation since 1908 and still going strong. There are thousands of studies regarding monosodium glutamate but none pointed out conclusive danger to human health. Advertisements connecting MSG  to the fifth basic taste, umami, were widespread lately. Particular ads were emphasizing, it is safe and will make every cooking taste better.

I guessed I was too convinced and forgot two things. 1) Any food company will not say anything that could lower their product reputation. and 2) Any popular product if not proven dangerous is considered safe, even if they do cause harm.

Recently, friend asked if the “nilagang baka” on table had MSG. Me and our other friend couldn’t tell but said it was perhaps dropped with a pinch. He got some meat but only took a little soup.

After awhile, he confirmed that the “nilagang baka” we had eaten was indeed mixed with MSG. His head began aching and was thankful he only got a sip of soup. He has hypersensitivity to MSG, experiencing migraine after consumption.

He discovered this after eating at the same chinese restaurant several times and experiencing headache every after meal. The connection: MSG causes migraine, Chinese restaurants are know users of…

Headache is one of the mentioned dilemmas among the MSG symptom complex. This website is well organized and has explanations regarding connections of MSG to migraine and other diseases.

msg in dispenser bottle

Malic Acid Should Not Be Confused With Maleic Acid

The following products of Taiwan are currently under ban.

1. Hong Tapioca Starch
2. Redman Black Tapioca Pearl
3. Sun Right Indica Rice Powder
4. Top 1 Tapioca Pearls
5. Tea World Tapioca Starch Ball
6. Unbranded Starch Ball
7. Ding Long Tapioca Pearls
8. Sun Chi Noodles
9. T & M Resources Corp Tapioca Pearls
10. Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (White)
11. Pure Tea Tapioca Pearls (Black)
12. Full Free Green Tea Tapioca Ball
13. Full Free Yam Tapioca Ball
14. Long Kow Vegetarian Instant Rice Noodle
15. Long Kow Rice Noodle with Thick Soup

As per testing done by Agri-Food and Veterinary authority of Singapore, the above mentioned products were found to have maleic acid. The substance is not approved as food ingredient. Its long term intake harms the kidney.

I have seen the advisory once on FDA website and heard it twice from GMA7 News. I first thought it was pointing to popular acidulant, malic acid. It turned out I was wrong.

Maleic Acid should not be confused with Malic Acid. The latter malic acid is not harmful as we might think. It is an organic acid responsible for sour taste of many fruits. The popular example is the guyabano. Sour guyabano variety have more of this acid. It is a popular food acidulant, often replacing citric acid and vinegar. It has wide role in health and skin care products.

The first maleic acid is the culprit. According to thirumalaichemicals.com, maleic acid has the following uses.

1) manufacture of resins and drying oils
2) synthesis of malic, succinic, aspartic, proprionic, lactic and other acids.
3) pharmaceuticals, plastic, textile & paper chemical industry
4) for oil antioxidants
5) for making drugs like, Pheneramine Maleate and Chloropheneramine maleate
6) for making of polyester resins, surface coatings, copolymers, plasticizers, lubricant additives and agricultural chemicals
7) for adhesives and sealants
8) for dyeing and finishing wool, cotton and silk
9) for making polyesters for fiber-reinforced laminated moldings and paint vehicles

Maleic Acid when hydrated is Malic Acid but the latter has different effects from the first. Malic acid substance might have traces of maleic acid since the latter is used to synthesize the first.