Eat Safe, Live Safe – From a Consumer Perspective
Mrs. CHAN WONG Shui, Pamela
I would like to applaud the loudspeakers before me personally for having thus forcefully and clearly offered us their expert thoughts about so many problems concerning meals safety. I actually am impressed as well as greatly encouraged to acquire found allies in customer protection.
2 . I want to take this kind of opportunity to give you a view from the perspective of your local customer. I shall start from what is happening around all of us. To go with the saying '民以食為天 - Eating can be ranked high by all people', the Chinese happen to be born fine food lovers. For most of us, foodstuff is not only for life sustaining, but in addition for palatable pleasure. (The " No . one particular Abalone" can be described as vivid example). Additionally , many of us have sorts of suggestions on setting up food especially how to make soups so that we could stay young and enjoy different therapeutic results as well. Preparing food and preparing food skills are definitely an art and part of our important social heritage.
several. We used to be sure regarding the safety from the food we eat, but this is no longer authentic. We cannot now use salicylic acid to make fish balls more crunchy nor add alum for making sweet rice dumplings even more mellow. These kinds of traditional knowledge has now being re-assessed as these chemical compounds have been categorized as certainly not suitable for man consumption. In addition , vegetables have been completely found to contain pesticide residues, fish contaminated with ciguatoxin, meat infected with BSE and chickens with H5N1 etc . Sometimes I just wonder if we have turn into wiser nowadays and hence can easily uncover these types of ill-effects that happen to be in existence constantly. Or can it be because there are exterior and changing factors further than our control that have made these new problems for people.
4. The next factors influence whether we are able to eat secure:
4. 1One's health condition
Usually, we have always classified our bodily state and foods according to its nature into 'cool' (涼) and 'hot' (熱). For example , We am naturally a " cool" person and I must therefore consumption more " hot" foodstuff in order to obtain a good harmony. In addition , people may have different types of allergy to food or seasoning just like MSG, peanuts etc . As consumers, we should therefore take into account our own wellbeing and avoid food items that does not believe our health state. Dr . Dawson has also pointed out in his talk that buyers should take proper care of themselves by seeing proper foodstuff handling strategies. Towards this kind of end, the Government has walked up it is public health education messages towards the public by simply reminding us, for instance, never to store organic and cooked properly meat with each other in the same compartment of the refrigerator.
some. 2Environmental component
Our source of food is definitely affected by the planet. For example , marine pollution is actually a cause for contaminants of covering fish; and large 'So Mai' (蘇眉) fish in some fishing areas have been completely contaminated with ciguatoxin.
4. 3Food manufacturing method
Some foods are irresponsibly highly processed making them improper for man consumption. We have seen numerous cases, in developing countries in particular, where industrial liquor was used to generate wine leading to blindness to consumers. Because widely reported recently, professional lard was taken as consumable oil inside the Mainland, creating many casualties. We have also seen item recalls occasionally when doubtful items are previously out on the market. Despite product recall, the " scare" to consumers, the inconvenience caused in going back the product may not be adequately compensated by the present of exchange of goods from the same business or even via a repayment.
4. 4Technological advancement
New technology earns new food processing strategies. In the United States, diffusion is an approved approach to food digesting. However according to the European Percentage, food diffusion should just be applied in...