Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Know safe limit of preservative Instant Noodles


Problems of preservatives nipagin or methyl p-hydroxybenzoate contained in soy sauce on one brand of instant noodles instant noodle lovers make a lot of worry. Although this preservative has been declared safe by the BPOM, you also need to know the safe limits for consumption nipagin use.

Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih too sure, the amount of preservative nipagin on packaging of instant noodles in soy sauce is within safe and not harmful.

As mentioned in the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), a body established to regulate the FAO and WHO food standards, the use of preservatives such as nipagin have a tolerance is safe, if the amount of usage was still in the figure of 1000 mg/kg of product. While in Indonesia, the use of safe limits nipagin in smaller numbers ie 250 mg/kg of product.

"That is, in a pack of fried instant noodles, usually serving only 4 grams of soy sauce. And nipagin contained in weighing 4 grams of soy is only 1 mg of dikonsumi consumers, "Endang said when met at his office, Tuesday, October 12, 2010.

Endang also explained, in a safe, a person will experience no ill effects from nipagin if their consumption is only 10 mg/kg body weight. "If I have a body weight 50 kg, I consume nipagin still within safe limits if the consumption is 500 mg a day."

Although the stated number of levels in soy sauce nipagin instant noodles are within safe limits, Endang still recommend, so that people do not eat instant noodles too much. Eating a nutritionally balanced complete food will be healthier. In addition to not contain hazardous chemicals, as well as more healthful body.

You need to know, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency or the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also stated that nipagin an additional substance to prevent mold and yeast. Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate is one of a kind parabens or preservatives that are widely used for cosmetics and medicines.

Nipagin have another name, ie methylparaben with the chemical formula CH3 (C6H4 (OH) COO). Other types of parabens are also widely used is propylparaben and butylparaben. Not only found in instant noodles, a variety of packaged food products also must use preservatives, but of course still have to follow standard safety limit as specified CAC.

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