I am subscribed to Small Potato’s site (I like his work tremendously) and I was surprised to find a very pink entry earlier today. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and some web designers are offering free pink WordPress themes.
No pink templates for me, thank you, but I do have a new pink optical mouse. Bought it yesterday not knowing how “in” it would turn out to be.
I wrote a full article about cancer awareness and it will be published tomorrow as my op-ed column in Manila Standard Today.
Meanwhile, in the previous entry, Feng mentioned 3-MCPD in soy sauce and oyster sauce. Fully intending to include the 3-MCPD angle in tomorrow’s column, I read up and came up with a list of products banned in some countries when the first findings on 3-MCPD came out.
Knorr seasoning “from Hongkong” was in the list. Unilever again — as though the formaldehyde in Sunsilk was not enough.
But, you may say, the list says “Knorr liquid seasoning from Hong Kong” — why should that concern us?
Unilever is a multinational company. It sells the same products in countries all over the world by establishing child or satellite companies.
Question: Is the formula (ingredients and their proportions) for making Knorr liquid seasoning in Hong Kong any different from the formula for making Knorr liquid seasoning in the Philippines?
To answer that question, think of a fastfood like Jollibee. Is the Chickenjoy sold in Baguio any different from the one sold in Quezon City? Of course not. The only way that a chain retains control over the quality of its products is to make sure that every branch follows the same formula.
A multinational company — whether engaged in the manufacture of drugs, food or flip-flops — is just a larger fast food chain.
Now, there’s nothing conclusive about 3-MCPD because the testing was conducted on animals. That would irk animal rights advocates but that’s another issue altogether. The 3-MCPD in Knorr liquid seasoning “from Hong Kong” is, of course, food for thought (irony intended).