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Contaminants in Food

Definition Contaminants are referring to any harmful substances that have not been intentionally added into foods which can cause consumer illness. In general, there are 3 main types of contaminants in foods : physical microbiological chemical. According to Malaysian Food Regulations 1985, contaminants are known as ‘incidental constituent’ which means …

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5 Guides To Safer Food

Introduction Safe food preparation is crucial to avoid food borne illness especially food poisoning episode. Factors that contribute to food poisoning are : Food which is contaminated with micro-organisms from : faeces soil water rats, mice insects and pests domestic farm animals humans, through their hands. Micro-organism are able to …

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Use of Safe Cookware

Introduction Containers and utensils are cookwares designed for use in cooking food. Examples of cookwares : woks, pots and pans bakewares microwave safe containers steamers ladles, spoons. Ideally, cookwares should be made of an inert substance that DOES NOT ; peel, chip, crack, craze, vaporise, dissolve, OR harbour bacteria. In …

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The Correct Way To Refrigerate Foods

Proper storage of foods in refrigerators is important to : ensure that the food will last longer ensure that food is in a safe condition until it is consumed maintain the appearance and taste of the foods maintain the palatability of the foods preserved nutrients content of the foods Tips …

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)

What is PAH? PAH is the acronym for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. It is a group of chemicals which is formed through cooking processes such as grilling, roasting and frying of high-fat foods at high temperature. What are the effects of PAH to human health? PAH is categorized as carcinogens and …

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What you should know about 3-MCPD

What is 3-MCPD? 3-MCPD or 3-monochloropropane-1, 2-diol belong to a group of chemical contaminants known as chloropropanols. How is 3-MCPD formed? 3-MCPD is a by-product which is formed during the hydrolysis process in the manufacturing of Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP). It is formed as a result of the reaction between …

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FOOD ADDITIVES – What you should know?

What are food additives? Food additives are substances that are safe for consumption which are intentionally added into foods in small amounts to impart specific characteristics to enhance the quality of foods but do not include vitamins and minerals. Food additives are added to foods to : increase the shelf …

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Food & Drug Interactions

What is a food-drug interaction? A food-drug interaction happens when the food you eat affects the active ingredients in a medicine you are taking so the medicine does not work the way it should.  In a broader sense it happens when both food and drugs are taken at the same …

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