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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?

Il­lus­tra­tion: Elaine Tang

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