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Healthy, not by choice

If the current wave of health legislation continues, we may all be forced into compulsory exercise as in North Korea.

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Consumers must be made aware of “yoga mat” chemical in bread

The DA in the Eastern Cape will be taking the issue of SASKO’s alleged use of the potentially harmful “yoga mat” chemical in bread to parliament.

Bread is the staple food of thousands of poor people in the province, who are unaware that their daily food contains the chemical Azodicarbonamide (ADA).   SASKO, as the largest bread flour producer in the province continues to produce and sell products containing ADA to unsuspecting and unwitting consumers, whose health is being placed at potential risk.

ADA is not listed as an ingredient on the packaging of SASKO bread and flour.  It would seem that the company has chosen not to do so, because ADA has been permitted through legislation to be used in concentrations of less than 45 parts per million. ADA or the “yoga mat” chemical is used to make plastic and rubber shoes, flip-flops and yoga mats more pliable.  It is added to flour or bread to make it whiter, softer and to improve shelf life. ADA has been banned in Australia, the UK and some countries in the Europe.

According to the World Health Organisation ADA is known to cause respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies and skin problems.  Scientists are of the opinion that ADA has the potential of causing cancer.

It is a matter of concern that SASKO, who already has the lion’s share of the market in flour sales in the Eastern Cape, continues using a product that is potentially harmful to the consumer. I have asked my colleague in the national parliament, Annette Steyn, to ask/put questions to the ministers of Agriculture and of Health, regarding the permissibility of the use of ADA without disclosing its use.  While companies who use this additive have given vague indications that the use of ADA will be phased out, they cannot be allowed to do this of their own volition and without categoric disclosure.

Awareness is needed in the corporate environment and amongst consumers.  The people most affected by this potential health risk are the poor people of the Eastern Cape who do not have access to information about ADA. They are the very people who need the most protection from questionable foodstuffs that could compromise their already precarious health status.

Issued by: Athol Trollip (MPL)
Leader in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature
27 May 2014

The Value of Community Pharmacists

The dangers of Murdoch type monopolies in health care.
Pressure to squeeze out the independant pharmacy owners - Consequences YOU face should small pharmacies close shop.
Your Independent community pharmacist was the most trusted professional according to international surveys done not so long ago.  He was the confidante and family friend, a person who took care of the aged and sick. He offered free counselling at all hours and was, (and still is), the first port of call should you need him. He was, (and still is), a health care professional available without an appointment. He offered affordable and accessible primary health care, gave injections, checked blood pressure, screened you for chronic diseases like diabetes and immunised your children. You did not have to stand in queues or feel as though you were just a number. He knew who you were. You trusted him. He knew the names and quirks of your kids. You could phone him any time and he would go out of his way to help you.  His interventions often prevented illnesses. He phoned the doctor when she forgot that you were allergic to penicillin, explained why you need to take your chronic medicine every day and took time to answer questions you had about your medication. He even phoned the medical aid with queries on your behalf. Your pharmacist ensured he kept himself up to date, finding out about advances in pharmacology and ensuring his staff was able to give you accurate advice. Even the cashiers were knowledgeable in medical matters. He was happy to do all this because he was able to make a living from his remuneration on the dispensing of medicines on your prescription.

Codeine Care Project

CPS consulted with the Australian Pharmacy Guild during a Pharminterkom meeting in Brisbane, Australia during August 2010 for the rights and use of their ‘Project Stop’ software to be utilised in South Africa. However it was concluded that it would not be feasible for CPS to roll out this project in South Africa. Alternatives were investigated and work was done to develop a similar model for South Africa which is cost effective and as far as possible self-sustaining in order not to increase costs for the pharmacist and more importantly for the patient/consumer. The model has evolved through collaborative work between CPS, TrustaTAG Systems (an information technology company active in the healthcare industry) and various software companies active in the South African pharmacy arena. In addition, consultation took place with the manufacturers of codeine containing products, as well as with SMASA. The aim was to find a system that is quick and efficient.

Read more: Codeine Care Project



Dettol South Africa, manufacturer of the Dettol range of hygiene products, wishes to reassure all healthcare professionals that all Dettol products manufactured and distributed by Dettol South Africa are safe to use and their efficacy is guaranteed by thorough testing and regulatory approvals. Our 99,9% germ kill claim is tested and validated by the SABS.



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