Public warned against hazards of ‘magic sugar’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 14:02

Bureau of Customs Zamboanga City District Collector Abubakar Hamad has warned the public against using the so-called “magic sugar” imported from Indonesia because the Bureau of Food and Drug has declared it as hazardous to health.

The said sugar causes cancer and most of all it has  bad effects on the children’s health.

Customs Police led by Sail Broderick R. Izquierdo in a joint operation with the Zamboanga Coast Guard Station recenty seized cartons of “magic sugar” coming from Indonesia and  loaded on a commercial vessel that came from Malaysia. Also recovered  during the operation were bales of used clothes ( locally known as ukay-ukay).

Hamad urged the public not to easily consume or eat imported products from Malaysia if they are not cleared or given seal of approval by the Bureau of  Food and Drug (BFAD).

The Customs bureau already issued a Seizures and Detention Order  to destroy the magic sugar.

Izquierdo explained that “magic sugar” is  a baned imported article as it contains Neotogen Sodium Cyclamate.

He said that, three tablespoons of “magic sugar” can sweeten 50 liters of water to make it into juice.

“Kawawa ang mga bata nito lalo na po yong mga nag-aaral. Masama ang epekto nito sa mga kalusugan ng mga bata,” Izquierdo said.

He urged parents to warn their children not to drink or buy juices selling in school campus vicinities. — Allen Abastillas