- Cancer-causing substances such as glycidol and acrylamide were detected. 3-MCPD was also detected in high levels, affecting kidneys and risking male infertility. – Hong Kong Consumer Council
Cancer-Causing Substances Found In Hup Seng Cream Crackers And Oreo Mini Also Affects Male Infertility Says Hong Kong Consumer Council
Hong Kong Consumer Council discovers cancer-causing chemicals in 60 samples of biscuits and crackers available on the local market that were examined.
According to a South China Morning Post report, one of the 60 samples examined by the council was a Malaysian brand cracker, Hup Seng, alongside Oreo Mini, that was also marketed locally, according to radio station BFM 89.9.
The council also added that cancer-causing substances such as glycidol and acrylamide were detected, which are byproducts generated when ingredients are cooked at high temperatures to produce biscuits and crackers.
According to a statement on its website, testing revealed that the glycidol level ranged between 11 microgrammes (mcg/kg) and 3,900 mcg/kg.
The council said that 11 samples were free of glycidol and acrylamide, proving that biscuits and crackers could be manufactured without such pollutants.
“We believe these kinds of contaminants are possible to avoid because according to our findings, some of the ingredients in these biscuits are palm oil,” the council added.
In addition, the council discovered significant amounts of 3-MCPD in 56 samples. 3-MCPD is believed to be harmful to the kidneys and male fertility.
The toxin should not be consumed in excess of 120mcg per day for a 60kg adult, according to the EFSA. However, some of the biscuits tested had 2,000mcg of 3-MCPD per kilogramme.
According to the council, 85 percent of the samples had excessive levels of salt, sugar, and fat. Nutrition labels were also found to be incorrect in 40% of the products examined.
Only three of the 18 samples of high-fibre type cookies matched the amounts of real dietary fibre.
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According to the council, “consumers should be mindful that even for the cracker sample with the highest fibre content (10.3g per 100g), one must consume 11 pieces in order to meet half of the recommended daily intake (not less than 25g) for adults.”
“But that would also result in a considerable sugar, sodium and fat intake.”
“As such, consumers should not rely on products labelled as ‘high fibre’ as the main source of dietary fibre intake.”
When snacking, the council advised everybody to choose fresh fruits, unsalted roasted nuts, and other healthy alternatives instead of biscuits and crackers.