Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing (Or Not)

The list of melamine-infused China products have just lengthened. According to the AVA website, we now have a grand total of EIGHT products with melamine in it. But for the kiasu Singaporean, here's a list of products taken off the shelves.

BRAND DESCRIPTION CODE
BAIRONG GRAPE CREAM CRACKERS 116634
DOVE H/NUT ALM & RAISIN CHOC 61737
DOVE HAZELNUT CHOC 61739
DOVE MILK CHOCOLATE 61740
DREYERS ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM 14281
DREYERS STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM 165294
DREYERS TOAST ALMOND ICE CREAM 106487
DREYERS CHOC CAKE ICE CREAM 153969
DREYERS COOKIE & CREAM ICE CREAM 14283
DREYERS MINT CHIP ICE CREAM 106486
DREYERS VANILLA ICE CREAM 14282

DUTCH LADY STER M LF BANANA 151226
DUTCH LADY STER MK LF PLAIN 151227
DUTCH LADY STER MK LF CHOC 151228
DUTCH LADY STER MK LF SBERRY 151229
DUTCH LADY STER M LF HNYDEW 151230
DUTCH LADY STER M LF HNYDEW 166490
DUTCH LADY STER MILK PLAIN 739008
DUTCH LADY STER MK LF CHOC 739009
DUTCH LADY STER MK LF SBERRY 739018
DUTCH LADY STER M LF BANANA 739019
FIRST CHOICE CALCIUM SESAME CRACKERS 102042
FIRST CHOICE CALCIUM SALTINE CRACKERS 102043
FIRST CHOICE CALCIUM S ONION CRACKERS 112010
FIRST CHOICE CALCIUM SEAWEED CRACKERS 112011
GINBIS PARTY ANIMAL BUTTER BISC 136143
GINBIS PARTY ANIMAL SEAWEED BIS 136144
GINBIS PARTY ANIMAL CNUT 136145
GINBIS ANIMAL BISCUIT 236531
KOALA COCOA BISCUIT 136492
KRAFT OREO WAFER STICKS 18S 103967
KRAFT OREO WAFER STICKS 5S 123926
KRAFT OREO W/STICK WH CHOC 18S 154881
KRAFT OREO W/STICK WH CHOC 5S 154882
LOTTE KOALA COCOA FUNPACK 56764
M&M CHOCOLATE PLAIN 550108
M&M CHOCOLATE PEANUT 550107
M&M CHOC CANDIES PLAIN% 550105
M&M CHOC CANDIES PEANUT% 550106
M&M CHOC CANDIES-PLAIN 550098
M&M CHOC CANDIES-PEANUTS 550099
M&M FUNSIZE MILK 163864
M&M FUNSIZE PEANUT 163865
MEIJI UJIKINTOKI 2978 455016
MEIJI UMAKABO CHOCOLATE 455017
MEIJI FAMILY PACK-GREEN TEA 144101
MEIJI CHESTNUT & REDBEAN 106129

MENTOS BOTTLE YOGHURT PROMO PK 12526
MENTOS BOTTLE YOGHURT 145161
MONMILK BREAKFAST MILK MALT 6S 135154
MONMILK BREAKFAST MILK WALNUT 6S 135155
MONMILK BREAKFAST MILK MALT 135156
MONMILK BREAKFAST MILK WALNUT 135157
MONMILK CHOCOLATE MILK 6S 135472
MONMILK COFFEE MILK 6S 135473
MONMILK HI CAL LOW FAT 154697
MONMILK PURE MILK 154698
MONMILK HI CAL MILK 143948
MONMILK HI CAL MILK 6S 143951
MONMILK PURE MILK 6S 143950
MONMILK HI CAL LOW FAT MILK 6S 143952
MONMILK HI CAL LOW FAT MILK 143949
MONMILK PURE MILK 143947
MONMILK MILK DELUXE 12S 154696
NABISCO IN A BISKIT CHICKEN 153702
NESTLE NES D/STICK MINI VANILLA 105115
NESTLE NES DISTICK MINI CHOCO 105116
NESTLE MILK & BERRY STARS CRL 153852

NO FRILLS WAFER BLUEBERRY 154712
NO FRILLS WAFER CHOCOLATE 154713
NO FRILLS WAFER PEANUT 154714
ORION FRESH PIE 240767
ORION TIRAMISU 152948
PEI TIAN CREAM BISCUIT 115554
RABBIT MILK SWEET 38055
SILANG NATURAL OAT CRACKER 142256
SILANG HOUSE OF STEAMED POTATO CRACKERS ??????
SNICKERS CANDIES FUNSIZE 550103
SNICKERS PEANUT CHOCOLATE% 550102
SNICKERS SNACKSIZE BARS PNUT 5 163863

TAKE ONE BABY BITES 24S 64602
TAKE ONE BABY BITE CK VG 116159
TAKE ONE BABY BITE CARROT 163319
VITASOY Q SOYA MILK 60408
VITASOY CHOCOLATE MILK 60409
VITASOY MELON SOYA MILK 235906
WANT WANT MILK CANDY 105504
WANTWANT FLAVOURED MILK ‘021726
YILI PURE MILK 1L 155079
YILI HI CAL MILK 1L 155080
YILI HI CAL LO FAT MILK 1L 155081
YILI PURE MILK 6S 155082
YILI HI CAL MILK 6S 155083
YILI HI CAL LO FAT MILK 6S 155084
YOUCAN UNUSUAL MULTIPACK 134136
YOUCAN STRAWBERRY MULTIPACK 134138
YOUCAN TRADITIONAL SESAME MULTIPACK 134141
YOUCAN PASSION MULTIPACK 134140
YOUCAN MASTERBEAN MULTIPACK 134139
YOUCAN SILK SLICED AND PASSION STRAWBERRY 134137
徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Butter Corn Flavour
徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Cheese Flavour

NOTE: Expensive ≠ Good Quality. Look at the DREYERS brand. It's a really $$$ brand of ice cream and yet it's up there anyway.

Now that's a lotta food eh? Actually, it's not really a cause for alarm. Most people tend to have the impression that consuming a few sweets/bottles of milk would result in a kidney stone. But really, it's kinda like a storm in a teacup.

I did a lil' bit of research and was rather amused by these tidbits found in the AVA's media release.

To Fall Ill, An Adult (60KG) Must Consume:
- 13 packs of Silang - House of Steamed Potato Crackers daily over a lifetime or
- 47 pieces of White Rabbit Creamy Candy daily over a lifetime (Wingyan, TAKE NOTE! XD) or
- 644 ml of Dutch Lady Honeydew Flavoured Milk daily over a lifetime or
- 7 bars of YiLi Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection daily
over a lifetime or
- 520 pieces of 徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Butter Corn Flavour daily over a lifetime

Like Hell anyone'll eat that much within a day for the rest of his/her life. Although there're rare individuals exception to that reasoning (particularly this pig I know..), most of us should be safe from malanmine poisoning. SHOULD BE.

When you think about it though, these truth about these products only came to light AFTER the China Milk Powder Poisoning sparked off extensive testing. For all you know, many more of the stuff eaten everyday contain melamine. The coffeeshop auntie brewing kopi could have brought her condensed milk from China. McCafe might be secretly buying cheaper supplies (with parts from China). YOUR MOM could have unknowingly used supposedly non-China dairy foods which have melamine additions.

Even if one avoids the listed foodstuff, it doesn't completely ensure there wouldn't be the slightest trace of melamine in the body. Everything adds up, y'know. What they didn't list down is not necessary what is safe. ALL foods have artificial chemicals in/on them (Except for those overly pricey organic shit). Personally, I don't see any point in losing your head over this. We'll more or less ingest some lethal-in-huge-amounts chemicals on a daily basis. Heck, we BREATHE these substances in daily. Avoiding a little of this and that isn't going to work out properly. If you must avoid, be CONSISTANT. Go live in the Himalayas or some other remote mountain as a hermit and grow your own dammed food. By hand. Coz metal/wood tools could have been coated with toxins from the surrounding air.


Anyway, my family eats the House of Steamed Potato Crackers sometimes. We have 13 packs in storage now and my mum forbade me from even nibbling a crumb. In fact when she watched the news, she freaked out and woke my grandma up to warn her to quit eating the crackers. She eats them everyday, btw. For the elderly, I'll agree that it is more advisable for them to stop. But it's such a waste of food to just toss all of them out.

My ever-so-thrifty grandma'll probably be rather upset about having to waste food.


And with the over-caution of dairy products, I'll probably wouldn't get my regular ice cream/milkshake/chocolate fix as easily now thanks to my mum. Oh! What Can I Use To Tide Over The O'Levels Now?


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