Thursday, July 14, 2016

Malaysia - Health Ministry must take action

THE recent news report on the suit against PepsiCo in the United States over alarming levels of glyphosate weed killer found in its instant oatmeal products must be ringing alarm bells for lovers of Quaker Oats.

Oats has been recommended as a healthy meal and enjoyed in almost every household in Malaysia. The Health Ministry should make its stand clear on this matter as it affects the health of millions of Malaysians.

Glyphosate is banned in many countries as it is a cancer-causing agent but in Malaysia, we have yet to hear of any ban on the use of this weed killer, which is often used by our farmers.

Could this be one of the reasons why cancer cases in Malaysia have risen rapidly in recent years?

The ministry should make sure that food is safe to eat and take immediate measures to ban this weed killer as being done in other countries. If the Quaker Oats sold in local stores is tainted with glyphosate, the ministry should recall the product from all retail outlets.

In the meantime, Malaysians should refrain from eating the oats or opt for organically grown oats. U.R.I., Kuala Lumpur

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