It appears that I’m not the only person who was bothered by the formaldehyde-laced White Rabbits issue. I was sure a lot of Filipinos would respond, yes, but what surprised me was that people from other countries were likewise affected! I had no idea that White Rabbit had a strong international presence.
Recent news articles have come to the defense of our favorite creamy candy:
ONE of China’s best-known candies passed a safety test from the world’s leading certification company, SGS Group, the Shanghai-based candy producer said on its Website today.
The current regulation on candy production doesn’t have the amount of formaldehyde content in candies, said Xin Yuanqing, vice director of food supervision department under the Shanghai quality watchdog.
Guan Sheng Yuan pledged on its Website that no preservatives were added during the production of White Rabbit milk candies.
On a slightly different note, however, Dr. Emer, a Filipino physician posts that:
White Rabbit does contain formalin, but in minute amounts only. It is therefore safe to eat, and does not pose any danger to consumers.
Another news item declares the product as safe, and insinuates that the Philippine BFAD may have tested counterfeit products. However, I recall watching a news item on GMA7 with the BFAD firmly stating they tested products bought from a large supermarket chain. They even showed the bag which clearly had the Philippine distributor’s contact info on it.
To add, GMA7’s website published an article airing the manufacturer’s side.
Guan Sheng Yuan Co. makes this pledge to society: Absolutely at no point during the manufacturing of White Rabbit milk candy are preservatives added,” the company said.
While the first item and the second ones differ in findings, (1) no formaldehyde at all, (2) yes, but in minute amounts, it still says the same thing: White Rabbit is safe to eat. And considering the fact that a lot of us have been eating it since childhood, I’d go with safe as well. Still, since the second news item raised the possibility of small, naturally occurring amounts of formaldehyde in the product I’d eat it with moderation, the same way I have even as a kid. So yes, no whole bags in one sitting for me.
Of course, that’s providing the local stores haven’t totally pulled out the product yet OR BFAD repeals its ban. So where does that leave us, Mr. Bunny?