2005 Indonesia food scare

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The 2005 Indonesia food scare was a food scare in 2005 in Jakarta, Indonesia, when the government found that 60% of noodle shops in the capital had been serving noodles laced with formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Noodles in the 2007 Vietnam food scare also had the same contaminant, and the chemical preservative had also definitely been found on tofu, noodles, and salted fish. Thailand[1] has similar formaldehyde problems. Rumors spread that it was used on chicken as well.[2] This was particularly bad in a nation like Indonesia where chicken is widely consumed because of the Islamic stance on pork.

Other food contaminants found by Depok Health agency in elementary schools in 2006 were sodium benzoate, cyclamate and borax exceeding the permissible levels. Benzoate and cyclamate were commonly used as food additives in Indonesia. Other substances found in the samples, such as borax, rhodamine, formaldehyde and yellow methanil—used as a dye—are not fit for consumption.

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  1. ^ Sukrung, Karnjariya. "The truth about your veggies". Bangkok Post. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Formaldehyde food scare in Indonesia". Sydney Morning Herald. Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. January 9, 2006. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 

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