According to an article by Yahoo news, the Consumer Council of Hong Kong did tests of processed meats snacks from their retail shelves and had released the results of their research.
Found cancer causing substances in Bee Cheng Hiang Bak kwa
The tests done in Hong Kong revealed that there are cancer causing substances in 13 different samples of different snacks and the highest levels of the substance was found in Bee Cheng Hiang’s sliced beef bak kwa.
The substance found is known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs).
Singapore’s Food Agency (SFA) said it is safe after doing their own assessments
SFA did their own tests and said that there is no need to worry about any health risks if bak kwa is eaten in moderation and not in huge amounts on normal basis.
According to SFA, the substances that cause cancer develops when grilling or charring the bak kwa over an open fire.
Its particles are also found in smoke which settles on the surface of the meat.
According to Hong Kong’s Consumer Council, the level of the cancer causing substances found in Bee Cheng Hiang’s bak kwa exceeds the limit of 12 micrograms per kilogram as suggested by the European Union.
The level found in Bee Cheng Hiang’s bak kwa is at 18.2 micrograms per kilogram.
Bee Cheng Hiang is said to be aware of the report from Hong Kong.
Bee Cheng Hiang said that their snacks are in compliance with food safety requirements by the SFA
A Bee Cheng Hiang spokesperson told the Straits Times that they are aware of the report and also assured that the snacks and their outlets are produced all in compliance with the food safety requirements set by the SFA and can be consumed safely.
They also said that it is no cause for concern for consumers who practice a balanced and varied diet.
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