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Hari ini tersebar satu surat yang dikatakan ditulis oleh seorang pekerja sebuah hotel, (The Plaza Hotel, Jalan Raja Laut, KL) yang mengadu kepada JAKIM bahawa:

… roti yang dibelinya (Purchasing Officer hotel tersebut) daripada syarikat Ming Kee Cake House adalah roti yang diberikan sebagai makanan anjing. Syarikat tersebut diperkenalkan oleh Pengurus Besar, Cik How Ai Bee malah pembelian roti-roti tersebut adalah di atas arahan Pengurus Besar untuk diberikan sebagai hidangan sarapan pagi kepada sejumlah 390 pelajar daripada Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor yang menginap di The Plaza Hotel Kuala Lumpur, pada tarikh 14hb sehingga 17hb November 2011

Baca keseluruhan suratnya di sini:Plaza Hotel KL hidang Roti makanan anjing

Lanjutan aduan ini, pihak JAKIM datang siasat dan mengesahkan roti tersebut mengandungi babi.

The incident that brought Jakim to investigate the premise of The Plaza Hotel sometime in December 2011, of which are made known that it aroused from that the buns served for 390 students from Jabatan Pendidikan Malaysia, that you had directed to purchase from Meng Kee Cake House are confirmed to be with contents of pork. I could not tolerate this act as it is an insult for Islam. The hotel had been accorded the HALAL certificate and your act is absolutely contravene the said certification.

Baca surat perletakan jawatan pengadu: Notice of Resignation-THEPLAZAHOTEL

Jika ada orang memberi anda hidangan telus rebus istimewa , pastikan ianya bukan “virgin boy eggs”!

Baca seterusnya, memang pelik dan menjijikkan:

Urine-soaked eggs a tasty treat in China city

Vendor Ge Yaohua eats a hard-boiled egg cooked in boys’ urine at his stall in Dongyang. — Reuters pic

DONGYANG (China), March 30 — It’s the end of a school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, and eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.

But that’s just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favoured by local residents.

Basins and buckets of boys’ urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in “virgin boy eggs”, a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.

There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys’ urine, just that it has been so for centuries.

Hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys’ urine lie inside a pot for sale in Dongyang. — Reuters pic

The scent of these eggs being cooked in pots of urine is unmistakable as people pass the many street vendors in Dongyang who sell it, claiming it has remarkable health properties.

“If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant,” said Ge Yaohua, 51, who owns one of the more popular “virgin boy eggs” stalls.

“They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them.”

It takes nearly an entire day to make these unique eggs, starting off by soaking and then boiling raw eggs in a pot of urine. After that, the shells of the hard-boiled eggs are cracked and they continue to simmer in urine for hours.

Vendors have to keep pouring urine into the pot and controlling the fire to keep the eggs from being overheated and overcooked.

Ge said he has been making the snack, popular due to its fresh and salty taste, for more than 20 years. Each egg goes for 1.50 yuan (RM0.73), a little more than twice the price of the regular eggs he also sells.

Many Dongyang residents, young and old, said they believed in the tradition passed on by their ancestors that the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body.

“By eating these eggs, we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work,” said Li Yangzhen, 59, who bought 20 eggs from Ge.

A boy urinates into a container at a primary school in Dongyang. — Reuters pic

The eggs are not bought only at street stalls. Local residents are also known to personally collect boys’ urine from nearby schools to cook the delicacy in their homes.

The popularity of the treat has led the local government to list the “virgin boy eggs” as an intangible cultural heritage.

But not everyone is a fan. Chinese medical experts gave mixed reviews about the health benefits of the practice, with some warning about sanitary issues surrounding the use of urine to cook the eggs.

Some Dongyang residents also said they hated the eggs.

“We have this tradition in Dongyang that these eggs are good for our health and that it would help prevent things like getting a cold,” said Wang Junxing, 38. “I don’t believe in all this, so I do not eat them.” — Reuters

Sekadar memaklumkan kepada pembaca posting (kiriman) sebelum ini Masakan Cina Yang Halal Restoran Pak Ya yang menghidangkan masakan Cina yang autentik lagi halal, restoran ini telah berpindah ke tapak baru mulai bulan ini (Oktober 2011).

Makluman perpindahan semasa di tapak lama:

Tapak baru di Galaxy Ampang, Taman Dagang, hadapan Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Ampang Jaya:

Tapak baru – ketika masih belum mula beroperasi.

Insha Allah – bila pergi menjamu nanti akan paparkan pula gambar dalamannya.

Peta lokasi:

Lokasi baru Restoran Pak Ya di Galaxy Ampang

sumber: http://www.e-fatwa.gov.my/

Hukum Memakan Dan Berubat Dengan Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay)

Keputusan:
Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-95 yang bersidang pada 16-18 Jun 2011 telah membincangkan mengenai Hukum Memakan Dan Berubat Dengan Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay) . Muzakarah telah membuat keputusan seperti berikut:
  1. Setelah meneliti keterangan, hujah-hujah dan pandangan yang dikemukakan, Muzakarah berpandangan bahawa para fuqaha’ telah mengklasifikasikan Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay) sebagai binatang yang haram dimakan kerana tergolong dalam kategori haiwan yang menjijikkan (khabis) dan mempunyai racun. Begitu juga dengan uruf masyarakat Islam di Malaysia yang tidak menjadikan binatang ini sebagai makanan yang biasa dimakan. Selain itu, sehingga kini tidak ada bukti saintifik dan ujian klinikal yang membuktikan bahawa Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay) mampu menjadi penawar atau mengubati penyakit-penyakit tertentu.
  2. Sehubungan itu, Muzakarah bersetuju memutuskan bahawa hukum memakan Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay) adalahdiharamkan oleh Islam. Manakala untuk tujuan perubatan, penggunaan Cicak Gekko Geckko (Tokay) diharuskan dengan syarat keberkesanannya dapat dibuktikan dari segi saintifik dan tiada alternatif ubat lain yang boleh digunakan bagi merawat penyakit berkaitan.

sumber: Kosmo

SALAH sebuah premis kopitiam yang menggunakan logo halal daripada pihak swasta.

SERDANG – Tidak ada satu pun daripada kira-kira 180 buah premis kopitiam di Selangor mempunyai sijil halal yang diiktiraf oleh Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) atau Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim).

Malah, daripada jumlah itu, kira-kira 10 peratus atau 18 premis kopitiam sahaja dari negeri itu yang memohon pensijilan halal daripada JAIS dan Jakim.

Pengarah JAIS, Marzuki Hussin berkata, setakat ini, pihaknya masih belum mengeluarkan sijil halal kepada mana-mana premis kopitiam di Selangor.

“Selangor belum ada kopitiam yang dapat sijil halal daripada JAIS walaupun kita ada buat pengumuman supaya mereka (pengusaha kopitiam) memohon untuk mendapatkannya.

“Sehingga kini, permohonannya ada tapi kurang iaitu kurang daripada 10 peratus sahaja yang memohon sijil halal daripada JAIS atau Jakim,” katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan seminar kesedaran dan kepenggunaan halal Negeri Selangor di sini semalam.

sumber: Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR 15 Jun – Semua pemegang dan pemohon baru Sijil Halal Malaysia yang menggunakan produk HP Sauce dan Tabasco Pepper Sauce diarahkan menukarnya kepada produk lain yang memiliki sijil halal berikutan penemuan asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA) babi dalam produk berkenaan.

Menurut Pengarah Bahagian Hab Halal Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), Sazali Harun, mereka juga diminta melakukan proses samak dan mengemukakan bukti surat akuan samak daripada Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri masing-masing kepada Jakim.

“Jakim sebelum ini telah mengambil sampel produk tersebut dan keputusan Jabatan Kimia Malaysia mengesahkan terdapat DNA babi di dalamnya.

“Mereka juga dikehendaki untuk mengemukakan resit pembelian produk baru kepada pihak kami,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini hari ini.

 

Dalam kenyataan yang berasingan, beliau turut memberitahu, Sijil Pengesahan Halal Malaysia bagi Syarikat Lucky Food Processing Sdn. Bhd., ditarik balik berkuat kuasa serta-merta berikutan penemuan DNA babi dalam produk Chicken Burger Patties dan Chicken Taiwan Sausage keluarannya.

Penarikan sijil halal terhadap syarikat tersebut dilakukan berdasarkan keputusan mesyuarat Panel Pengesahan Halal Malaysia yang diadakan pada 22 April lalu.

Friday April 8 2011 (NHS.uk)

Alcohol was thought caused 58,000 cancers in the study group

 

Alcohol “causes 13,000 cancer cases a year”, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper says that in the UK drinking is responsible for 2,500 cases of breast cancers, 3,000 bowel cancers and 6,000 cases of cancers of the mouth, throat or windpipe.

The research used data from a large European study which looked at how current and former alcohol consumption related to the development of cancer in more than 350,000 people from eight countries. The researchers extrapolated the results to the general population and estimated that, across Europe, 10% of all cancers in men and 3% of all cancers in women could be attributed to alcohol consumption. There was a stronger association with cancers that are already known to be causally associated with alcohol, such as cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus and liver. For these cancers, much of the excess risk was due to drinking above the maximum daily limit, defined in this study as more than 24g of pure alcohol for men (3 units) and more than 12g for women (1.5 units).

In the UK, the current recommended daily limit for men is 3-4 units, while for women it is no more than 2-3 units daily. One unit is equivalent to 8g alcohol, or about half a pint of weak lager.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbruecke, and other institutions in Europe and the US. It received funding from numerous organisations and was published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal.

News coverage has reflected the findings of this well-conducted study.

What kind of research was this?

This was a cohort study which aimed to establish alcohol’s contribution towards the burden of cancer across eight European countries. To do this, researchers used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), a large cohort study set up to examine how the diet and lifestyle of a large European population sample related to their development of cancer over a  follow-up period of nearly nine years.

Alongside their alcohol-related findings based on this cohort, the researchers also used general population-based data on alcohol consumption and cancer incidence to extrapolate the findings to the national populations from which the EPIC participants were drawn.

What did the research involve?

The EPIC study started in 1992 and recruited 520,000 men and women (aged from 37 to 70 years) from the general population of 10 European countries: France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Greece, Germany Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

Upon entry into the study, the participants completed diet and lifestyle questionnaires. The researchers excluded people with cancer at the start of the study and those with missing questionnaire data on alcohol consumption. This lead the researchers to include 109,118 men and 254,870 women across eight countries in their analysis (data from Norway and Sweden could not be used due to a lack of data on past alcohol consumption.

The validated questionnaires asked participants to estimate their alcohol consumption in the year before recruitment, both in terms of average grams of pure alcohol per day and as the frequency/portion size of beer, wine, spirits, etc. Researchers also asked about past consumption at ages 20, 30, 40 and 50. Based on these two responses – past and current consumption – people were categorised as:

  • never drinkers – no consumption in the past or at recruitment
  • former drinkers – consumption in the past but no consumption at recruitment
  • lifetime drinkers – consumption both in the past and at recruitment

Cancer outcomes for each individual were assessed up to the years 2000-2005, using regional cancer registries, checks of medical records, health insurance records, pathology records and death certificates. The precise methods varied according to the practices used in each country. The mean follow-up time was almost nine years.

Risk associations between cancer and current and former alcohol use were conducted separately for men and women. The researchers made adjustments to account for the influence of numerous potential socioeconomic and lifestyle confounders, including smoking, diet, BMI and education level. The risk figures obtained for the association between alcohol and cancer were then applied to alcohol consumption in each country’s general population (calculated from World Health Organization surveys and per capita consumption data) and cancer incidence data to estimate the total number of cases of cancer per year that could be attributable to alcohol in males and females aged 15 and above.

Researchers used this data to calculate a measure called the ‘population attributable fraction’ for consumption beyond the recommended daily upper limit, which would estimate what proportion of cancer cases were associated with drinking more than 24g of pure alcohol day for men (equivalent to 3 units) and 12g/day alcohol for women (equivalent to 1.5 units). The population attributable fraction indicates what reduction in cancer incidence would be expected if consumption were reduced below this level.

What were the basic results?

There was variation in average alcohol consumption across European countries. By applying the results of the EPIC study to national population data, the study estimated that 10% of all cancers in men in Europe (95% confidence interval 7 to 13%) and 3% of all cancers in women in Europe (1 to 5%) could be attributable to alcohol consumption (both former and current).

The researchers also calculated alcohol attributable fractions relating to specific cancers:

  • Upper digestive tract cancers (e.g. mouth, throat, oesophagus) – 44% for males and 25% for females
  • Liver cancer – 33% for males and 18% for females
  • Colorectal cancer – 17% for males and 4% for females
  • Female breast cancer – 5% of cases.
    UK-specific data were similar to these European averages.

Based on 2008 European cancer data, alcohol consumption above the daily maximum (as defined above) caused 33,037 of 178,578 alcohol-related cancers in men (18.5%) and 17,470 of the 397,043 alcohol-related cancers in women (4.4%).

How did the researchers interpret the results?

The researchers conclude that an “important proportion” of cancers in Western Europe can be attributed to alcohol consumption, especially when consumption is higher than the recommended daily upper limits. They say that their data “supports current political efforts to reduce or to abstain from alcohol consumption to reduce the incidence of cancer”.

Conclusion

This study has assessed the association between alcohol consumption and cancer risk, and it has estimated how the cancer burden could be reduced by lowering consumption to below the daily maximum limits (defined in this study as 24g for men and 12g for women). The study has several strengths, including its large study population drawn from eight European countries and thorough follow-up of participants (less than 2% of the sample in all countries were lost during the follow-up process). It also combined the cohort data with general population data on alcohol consumption and cancer figures to estimate country-relevant data.

There are some limitations that should be acknowledged:

  • The underlying data on alcohol intake was self-reported by participants, and the quality of the consumption data would rely on them accurately estimating their drinking. The study also looked at consumption during past decades, which might be particularly difficult to recall.
  • The study may not have adjusted for all possible confounders (i.e. factors that are linked to both alcohol consumption and cancer outcomes). However, they did adjust for the most obvious ones, which is a strength of this cohort.
  • The researchers say the estimates they calculated in this study were based on an assumption that alcohol is causative in the cancers studied (e.g.cancers of the aerodigestive system and liver). While alcohol may not be conclusively proven as a cause of these cancers there is a great deal of evidence suggesting that this is a major cause.
  • There may be differences between the participants who agreed to participate and those who did not. If this is so, the results may not be generalisable to the populations from which the samples were drawn.
  • The study looked at people who drank beyond recommended daily limits, but did not calculate how increasing levels of consumption related to cancer risk.

The study estimates that, in the European population as a whole, 10% of all cancers in men and 3% of all cancers in women could be attributed to alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption was already known to be associated with numerous cancers, in particular those of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, liver and bowel, and this study data supports those associations. For those cancers that are believed to be causatively associated with cancer, the study estimates that 32% in men and 5% in women can be attributed to alcohol, and a large proportion of this attributable fraction is due to consumption above the daily maximum.

As the researchers appropriately conclude, there is a “necessity to continue and to increase efforts to reduce alcohol consumption in Europe, both on the individual and the population level”.

Source AFP

About one in 10 cancers in men and one in 33 in women in western European countries are caused by current and past alcohol consumption, according to a study released on Friday.

For some types of cancer, the rates are significantly higher, it said.

In 2008, for men, 44, 25 and 33 percent of upper digestive track, liver and colon cancers respectively were caused by alcohol in six of the countries examined, the study found.

About one in 10 cancers in men and one in 33 in women in western European countries are caused by current and past alcohol consumption, according to a study released on Friday. (AFP Photo) About one in 10 cancers in men and one in 33 in women in western European countries are caused by current and past alcohol consumption, according to a study released on Friday. (AFP Photo)

The countries were Britain, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany and Denmark.

The study also showed that half of these cancer cases occurred in men who drank more than a recommended daily limit of 24 grams of alcohol, roughly two small glasses of wine or a pint of beer.

The cancer rates for women in the same countries, along with the Netherlands and France, was 18 percent for throat, mouth and stomach, 17 percent for liver, five percent for breast and four percent for colon cancer.

Four-fifths of these cases were due to daily consumption above recommended limits, set for women at half the level of men.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has long maintained that there is a causal link between alcohol consumption and cancers, especially of the liver, colon, upper digestive tract and, for women, breast.

But few studies have tried to connect the dots across a large population between cancer rates and total alcohol consumption, or the proportion of the disease burden occurring in people who drink more than guidelines would allow.

“Our data show that many cancer cases could have been avoided if alcohol consumption is limited to two alcoholic drinks per day in men and one alcoholic drink per day in women,” said Madlen Schutze, an epidemiologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam and lead author of the study.

The findings also suggest that the limits set by many national health authorities may not be stringent enough to avoid the disease, she said.

“Even more cancer cases would be prevented if people reduced their alcohol intake to below recommended guidelines or stopped drinking alcohol at all,” she said in a statement.

The results, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), are drawn from the so-called EPIC cancer survey of 363,000 men and women who have been tracked since the mid-1990s.

Other risk factors that might have also led to cancer — especially smoking and obesity — were taken into account, the researchers said.

Nearly 44 percent of men in Germany exceeded the 24-gramme daily limit, followed by Denmark (43.6 percent) and Britain (41.1 percent).

Among women, Germany still topped the list, with 43.5 percent of women there exceeding limit, with Denmark (41 percent) and Britain (37.7 percent) coming in second and third.

AFP

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My homegrown beansprout

Like many others who live in the city, we only have a small garden. Actually, it never did cross my mind of how small our garden is, until we decided to plant our own organic vegetables three years ago. Is there any herb or vegetable that can be grown without taking too much space for the city folk?

Last week, Mom soaked a bowl of green beans overnight for her ‘bubur kacang’. Anyway she was so busy the next day that she forgot all about them after straining the beans into a colander. The next day she found that her bowlful of green beans had grown tiny roots. So, instead of cooking them, she gave me the beans for my “experiments’.

And I decided to grow beansprout. I found out that growing green beans into beansprouts is certainly very easy. All I did was running tap water over the colanders (with the beans) every 4-6 hours or so. Don’t try to move the beans/seedlings around with your hands (you may feel tempted to do so, but you may pull out their roots). Put a plate under the colander to collect the water dripping from the colander.

 

The green beans had grown tiny roots! :D

In a few days, the roots will be long enough to reach out of the colander into the plate of water below it. Even at this stage, I still ‘water’ the sprouts but I suppose you could leave it on its own. Another thing to remember is not to put too much beans in one colander. When that happens, the beans on the top couldn’t get enough water while the beans at the bottom may rot.

 

Roots growing out of the colander

Another good point in growing beansprouts is that you can plan when to start growing them so that the beansprout will be really fresh when needed. Soak the beans overnight about 5 days ahead and they should be ready to be harvested on time. And trust me, fresh home grown beansprouts are so tasty, crunchy and without that ‘commercial beansprout smell’ that even I who never like beansprouts before ate loads of them.

Fresh, homegrown, organic beansprout in mum’s delicious fried noodle.

So with the price of vegetables rising up and the concern of the high level of chemical contamination in our vegetables, it will be a very good idea to grow our own vegetables. And if space is a problem, try growing beansprouts; you can even grow them in your apartment balcony, kitchen or even in your dining room! It is really cheap and easy while the result is absolutely wonderful. Maybe I should start a business selling tasty, fresh, home-grown, organic  beansprouts … after all fresh, organic vegetables can fetch a good price in today’s market!

YA – sekurang-kurangnya untuk kali ini dan dalam kes ini.

Saya terangkan di bawah ini.

Saya ke Pasar Hyper Giant di Kuala Terengganu petang tadi, Khamis, 13hb Januari 2011.

Sila lihat gambar ayam yang dipamer untuk dijual di bawah ini.

Dan cuba perhatikan pada tarikh yang ditampal pada tag harga (klik pada imej untuk paparan yang lebih besar). Ada dua tarikh. Tarikh pertama ialah tarikh ianya disediakan (packed date) dan tarikh sebelahnya ialah tarikh “luput” (expiry or best before date).

Saya zoomkan gambar itu pada tag harga di bawah ini:

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Yang sebelah kanan, tarikhnya ialah 12/01/2011 – 16/01/2011. Ini bermakna ianya disediakan pada 12hb Januari 2011. Manakala yang tengah, ianya disediakan pada 13hb Januari 2011 – HARI INI.

Yang sebelah kiri sekali tarikhnya ialah 14hb Januari 2011 – ESOK!!!. Bagaimana barangan yang sepatutnya disediakan pada esok sudah boleh dipamerkan untuk jualan pada hari ini?

Apakah GIANT menipu tarikh luput barang jualan mereka? Dengan ini apakah boleh kita percaya bahawa barangan yang tarikh luput pada hari ini benar-benar bertarikh hari ini atau ianya sudah sepatutnya ditarikh balik dari jualan kemareng (semalam)?.

Saya serahkan ini kepada pihak yang berwajib dan juga pihak pengurusan Giant sendiri untuk melakukan siasatan lannjut.

Saya bertanya kepada seorang kakitangan yang secara kebetulan berada di sebelah bahagian tersebut, beliau menjawab “dok tahu, kena tanya orang ddalang (dalam yang menyediakan)”.

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