Friday, November 9, 2007

Lethal 'White Rabbit' Candy

Shocking and sad as well. I've just learned that the 'White Rabbit' candy was reported to allegedly contain formalin, or formaldehyde, a disinfectant toxic chemical linked to cancer. 'White Rabbit' is actually one of my favorite candies for years. I can still remember, when as a kid, was amazed at how the inside wrapper dissolves when in contact with one's lips. Used to regard the effect as magic. After all the fond memories I had with it, I would hate to remember it this way.

This is the report:
Lethal "White Rabbit" Candy In Stores
By Amin Hosni

Bandar Seri Begawan - A popular candy called "White Rabbit"™ readily available in various stores in Brunei has come under close scrutiny by members of the public after it was reported to allegedly contain formalin, or formaldehyde, a disinfectant toxic chemical linked to cancer.The international wire Associated Press reported on Thursday that the Philippine authorities pulled White Rabbit off the shelves following tests on some Chinese made products. They also ordered the withdrawal of several candy and cookie brands, which were found to he tainted with an embalming chemical.

"Our children are eating these candies especially more during the festive season such as Hari Raya AidilFitri celebrations, while others eat it everyday," said a concerned parent through an e-mail alien reading a report published in the Borneo Bulletin yesterday. According to the AP report, some other Chinese made candies and cookies were tested positive for formaldehyde, a disinfectant linked to cancer in humans. Members of the public are concerned as this candy is sold here. Some are asking whether the relevant agencies are taking any action on it or monitoring the situation.

"I do not want my children eating hazardous food products," said a concerned parent to the Borneo Bulletin yesterday. Formaldehyde is used in resin production. It is well known as a preservative and embalming fluid, and is classified as a reasonably anticipated human carcinogen. The Philippines Bureau of Food and Drugs is said to be continuing to test other products for the chemicals from the same brand of candy.

Brunei's Ministry of Health is yet to respond to queries made by the Bulletin yesterday.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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