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FDA BANS WINE, RICE AND MAC N CHEESE FROM U.S. SUPERMARKETS

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Supermarket shoppers won’t see three popular items on the shelves the next time they go grocery shopping.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has totally banned the sale of wine, rice and Mac n Cheese following reports that these have been tainted with health hazards.

Both wine and rice have been reported to contain dangerous levels or arsenic, the chemical that is present in poison. Mac n Cheese, on the other hand, has been found to contain metal scraps and had to be recalled by its manufacturer.

“We know this would be upsetting to many American consumers because of the enormous popularity of these items,” an FDA spokesman said.

“However, there are many alternatives that are available to consumers,” the spokesman added.  “These include quinoa as substitute for rice, beer as substitute for wine, and Chinese noodles (chow mein) as substitute for Mac n Cheese.”

The FDA asked consumers to be patient as it conducts a thorough investigation of the tainted items.

 

 

 

 

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FDA ADMITS ARSENIC FOUND IN U.S. CHICKEN, ISSUES COOKING ADVISORY

Chicken adobo (Photo credit: MyBayKitchen.com)
Chicken adobo (Photo credit: MyBayKitchen.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (The Adobo Chronicles) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally confirmed that the cancer-causing chemical known as arsenic is found in more than 70% of all chicken sold in the country.

The FDA has asked drug company Pfizer to stop manufacturing the arsenic-containing drug, Roxarsone, that was found in the livers of nearly half of all chicken tested.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The agency said it recently conducted a study of 100 broiler chickens that detected inorganic arsenic at higher levels in the livers of chickens treated with 3-Nitro compared with untreated chickens .”

The FDA immediately issued the following advisory to all U.S. consumers in order to prevent a cancer epidemic:

“All consumers are advised to purchase only organically-raised chicken. If they have remaining chicken in their freezers, it is best to cook them as chicken adobo, the Filipino style of cooking in which meat is boiled then slowly simmered in a mixture of garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and basil.”

It is widely believed that adobo-style cooking neutralizes arsenic and other harmful chemicals used in food processing.

To learn how to cook adobo, ask your Filipino neighbor or follow this recipe.

REPORTS OF ARSENIC IN RICE PROMPT PHILIPPINE LAWMAKERS TO MAKE PAN DE SAL THE NATIONAL STAPLE

Pan de Sal
Pan de Sal

Manila, Philippines – Rice is the main staple food of the Filipinos.  It is estimated that each household eats an average of almost 500 kilograms of rice per year. While Philippine farms produce rice quite extensively, the country often resorts to rice importation to supplement local demand.

It is therefore not surprising that Filipinos are alarmed at recent reports and studies showing the presence of arsenic (poison chemical) in rice and rice products. (See latest article from The New York Times).

To appease the growing anxiety among the population over arsenic-tainted rice, Philippine lawmakers have moved quickly to make pan de sal the new national staple in place of rice. The wheat-based delicacy is the Filipinos’ choice of breakfast bread or dinner roll.

While lawmakers realize that their action will cost the country millions of pesos in wheat importation, they said that the health and safety of the citizens are of greater concern.  Wheat is not produced locally and the Philippines imports 100% of its wheat and flour requirements. The Philippines is one of the top destinations for U.S. wheat exports.

The lawmakers are confident that the Filipino people will adjust easily to the change in staple from rice to pan de sal because the latter goes well with many Filipino dishes like adobo, pancit, dinuguan, menudo and queso de bola.