Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Is Turkish flour carcinogenic?

I have seen on TV the news about this Turkish flour and of course I am worried not only for my family but for all the people who consume flour-based foods like bread and pasta. Reports came out that said flour contains “mycotoxins” and other attributes that cause cancer. Actually Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. is calling for a total ban on imports of Turkish flour citing certain tests made on the said flour in 2007 by leading Turkish Universities. It came out in the said tests that 81 percent of samples of flour taken were contaminated with OTA (Ochratoxin A).

However the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association opposed the ban because this Turkish flour is cheaper by 100 pesos per sack as compared to regular flour. They wanted the authorities to prove the carcinogenic attributes of the said flour before they push through with the total ban.

I guess the Bureau of Food and Drugs or BFAD must do their job well on this matter because it is truly of public safety issue.


Anonymous said...

yes, it is safe. all test conducted by the BFAD indicated that the toxin level is way below the allowable maximum. It passed all the standards that are required.

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