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I’ve tried to ask the lady who sells calamares near our place about her business but to no avail, she seemed to be clueless about the raw products’ origin. The reason for my inquiry is because a friend from YM warned me about the possible danger of eating the street calamareses again. These addictive foodstuffs, he said, are imported from China and acquired in a very low price. How were they able to preserve the products when they’re shipped from afar? The secret, he added, is formalin.
I knew nothing of formalin so I won’t attempt to give you details about it (but you can click here to read some info). What I know is that formalin is hazardous. An ABS-CBN news report said recently that one died from accidentally drinking formalin.
Is BFAD (Bureau of Foods and Drugs) taking this matter seriously? They better should, because if this fishy … or squidy business is positive of formalin, thousands of lives will be at stake. However, if this is just a hoax from someone who’s bored of his own life … well, man, I give you my finger.
Photo Credit: W. Belmonte