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Secret, Cancerous Sauce?
The Consumer Council has found a potentially carcinogenic substance in 11 out of 40 soy sauce and seasoning samples, including popular brands
Yu Pin King and Tung Chun. The chemical compound 4-methylimidazole can be found in caramel coloring. Although Hong Kong does not regulate the amount of the chemical in food, California law requires businesses to warn against consuming more than 29 micrograms of the substance per day. The Consumer Council found the same amount in less than half a teaspoon of a soy sauce sample from Yu Pin King. The consumer watchdog is now urging the government to regulate the permitted concentration of the chemical in food.
Our take: At this point it would seem that every food product either causes or cures cancer—some simultaneously.
Localist Teachers Under Fire
The Education Bureau has stressed that it will be “reviewing the qualifications” of teachers involved in pro-independence advocacy on campus. This comes as the Academy of School Managers—a pro-establishment group of education administrators—announced its opposition to school leaders spearheading localist concern groups in secondary schools. The academy has urged school administrators to keep a close watch on such practices and step up methods of prevention. This has sparked debate over whether discussions on the issue of independence should be allowed on campus. Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen agreed that while teachers should not impose their own political views on students, the topic of independence should be discussed as part of civic education.
Our take: Oh no—are we going to get into trouble?