8 March 2016, BKK, Thailand – Chaladsue Test Center said preservative was detected in 12 samples of rice noodles bought from markets around Bangkok. Some of these samples even contain preservative (Benzoic acid) in the amount higher than allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Chaladsue Test Center in February 2016 randomly collected 12 samples of rice noodles from local fresh markets and sent them to a certified laboratory to test for Benzoic acid.
The lab found 1121.37 mg./kg in Star brand bought from Ying Charoen Market in North Bangkok. The amount is the highest among the samples. It clearly exceeds the legal limit set out by the Food and Drug Administration. Another sample with no specified brand collected from Saphankhao Market contained about 1115.32 mg./kg of the preservative.
According to Notification 281 of the Ministry of Public Health, pasta, noodles and similar products must not contain more than 1,000 mg. of preservative per kilogram.
Molruedee Pohin, an independent academic at the Foundation for Consumers said, “The test commissioned by Chaladsue Test Center has found the use of preservative in all rice noodle samples. Some were found to contain illegal amount. Benzoic acid is used to extend food life by stopping or destroying microorganisms that cause food spoilage and the human body can usually get rid of it. However, if we consume too often or too much of food containing the preservative, the accumulation of the substance in the body will affect liver and kidney functions. It may also lead to cancer. To avoid the risk, consumers are advised to eat a variety of foods.”
Saree Aongsomwang, Foundation for Consumers’ Secretary General, said “The result shows that consumers are facing risks from excessive use of preservative (Benzoic acid), especially in two samples from Saphankhao Market and Ying Charoen Market. The Ministry of Public Health should inspect these factories and report to the public.
“Foundation for Consumers urges the Ministry of Public Health to develop a database system where the public can be informed of the result of food inspection by the ministry. This reporting system is already in place in the European Union. Our neighbor, Malaysia, also has it.” Secretary General of Foundation for Consumers said.
Chaladsue Magazine publishes comparative tests of products and services monthly. The full report on rice noodles tests can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/xEVjsS