Bicol scientist warns cooking oil in wet markets may be carcinogenic, urges need for serious study | BICOL TODAY

Bicol scientist warns cooking oil in wet markets may be carcinogenic, urges need for serious study

Food Safety Expert – Professor Julieta Casaul, explains the importance of Food Safety Practices during the process of food production and processing. Photo by Nuelyn Pajarillo

By Joey Natividad

NABUA, Camarines Sur ( – Unlabeled cooking oil in plastic bags being sold in public markets and talipapa (flea market) must be placed under serious study for food safety.

The cooking oil has undergone under levels of chemical processing of “refinement, bleaching, and deodorizing” (RBD), a practice by manufacturers to remove aflatoxin and cleanse up the oil for market consumption.

In rural public markets, cheap cooking oil placed inside plastic bags are being sold by market vendors and sari-sari stores. Reports say their source came from middlemen who brought with them in big containers and drums. The original source is unknown.

This is a serious concern raised by Professor Julieta Casaul, resource speaker at the ongoing Training on Food Safety, sponsored by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

“We suspect that carcinogenic residues, possibly chemicals, may be present at cooking oil that had undergone stages of RBD, aside from the presence of aflatoxin which cannot be removed by a heat process,” said Professor Casaul.

Professor Casaul, an associate professor at Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur, is a specialist on food processing, food chemistry, and food safety.

“So far, the government has not initiated any serious study on the effects of RBD on cooking oil and its adverse effects on consumers in the long term, which may cause cancer,” she said.

The Training of Food Safety is conducted for three days, May 28-30, at Macagang Business Center, this town.

The training is one of the series of advocacy and training activities mandated by the recently-passed law on Food Safety (Republic Act 10611).

The participants came from selected LGUs of the Bicol 5 provinces These are:

Alma Zaballa Albay Provincial Agriculture Office
Selfa L. Dioquino Albay Provincial Agriculture Office
Daphne Indira T. Mandane Albay Provincial Agriculture Office
Arlene L. Vibar Albay Provincial Agriculture Office
Cesar Cordenete Albay Provincial Agriculture Office
Mark Anthony B. Abrera Balatan
Norie B. Acebar Siruma
Rommel Robles Magarao
Michael N. Catolico Sagñay
Noli B. Pielago Sagñay
Gleceria L. Ramos Sagñay
Jose Rudel D. Cantoria Monreal
Cita F. Caña Provincial Agriculture Office
Riza D. Cantiga Mandaon
Glesebel R. Aligam Provincial Agriculture Office
Novelen B. Laurio Provincial Agriculture Office
Sylvia D. Patiño Dimasalang
Maria Victoria M. Lamadrid Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
Ryan I. Villaflores Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
Janet P. Belen Jose Panganiban
Nerissa P. Villaluz Daet
Warlyn A. De Roma Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
Dulce D. Doriman Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
Teresa E. Babejes Prieto Diaz
Maribeth C. Judin Irosin
Vilma Gaon Sta. Magdalena

(Seated left to right) Ms. Cita F. Caña (the host team leader of the day), Mr. Emmanuel L. Orogo (Acting Planning Officer/ Project Officer of the training) and Professor Julieta Casaul (Resource Person of the day). Photo by Nuelyn Pajarillo

The OFW group, Poblacion Overseas Beneficiaries Association (POBA), from Tigaon, Camarines Sur, headed by its president Ernesto Morte sent three participants namely, Ms. Joma Bosito, Conchita Panuelos, and Jose Maria C. Natividad to attend the training.

The training is organized by Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) V, headed by Ms. Vivien V. Carable (OIC-Center Director). Other staff members are Engr. Joey A. Belarmino (HVCDP Focal Person), and Mr. Emmanuel L. Orogo (Acting Planning Officer/ Project Officer). []

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