Cancer-Causing Substances Found in Hong Kong's Snacks. So, What Can We Eat Instead?

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A recent SCMP post revealed a leading cause of concern for many of the goods sold in Hong Kong bakeries as 58 popular snacks and pastries have tested positive for chemicals linked to cancer.   They have now been advised to change those ingredients that contain these harmful substances as more research needs to be done to determine the effect of these carcinogenic substances.

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What Did the Tests Reveal?

Last week, the Consumer Council found traces of glycidol and acrylamide, which are chemical by-products of the manufacturing process known to increase the risk of cancer, in almost 90% of the 58 samples they tested.   Many of these include popular snacks such as children’s biscuits and cookies, which are consumed regularly in many Hong Kong households.


These chemicals, specifically acrylamide, are a result of heating certain oils (margarine, refined vegetable oils, and shortening) at high temperatures and has been proven to cause cancer in animals.  However, the scope of its effects on humans have still yet to be determined.


With Lunar Year fast approaching, it’s important to note that many of your favourite snacks such as egg rolls have tested for high levels of glycidol and thus, your consumption of these popular treats should be limited.  


Snacks noted in this article include:

  • Quadruple Belgian Chocolate Cookie (Sainsbury’s)

  • Yuen Long Wing Wah Egg Rolls

  • Muji Oats Crunch Sable Hazelnut Biscuits



Mislabelling of Snacks

The same line of studies on Hong Kong snacks also revealed that many products are often mislabelled - some containing 210 percent more sugar than advertised!!!!  Approximately 50 brands of various cookies and biscuits were found to have been mislabelled or missing information on the product’s nutritional content. Consumers should be wary that many products made in Hong Kong actually contain a lot more fat and sugar than stated.


Foodcraft’s Made Goodies

Finding healthy snacks for you and your family to enjoy shouldn’t be so difficult. That’s why when we make our foods, we have one goal in mind.


To create delicious wholesome foods that are good for the mind, body, and soul.   

A lot of our children snacks are dehydrated at a low temperature so you don't have to worry about the oil being treated at high heat like fried snacks. Also we do not use white sugar in our kitchen so the healthy sugars will be absorbed slower then the mass produced snacks. 

We also know snack time for children is always something parents’ need to think about but with our foods, you don’t have to worry about allergens as the following list of things are all classroom-friendly. 

Many of our children snacks are dehydrated at a low temperature so you don't have to worry about the oil being treated at high temperatures like many highly processed foods in the supermarket these days.  Also we do not use white sugar in our kitchen and opt to choose healthier, lower GI sweeteners instead.  

Click on each product for more information!


Children-Friendly Snacks (Common Allergen-Free)

  • Children’s Teddy Bear Cookies
  • Foodcraft Coconut Chips
  • Cheesy Chia Crackers
  • Carob Bear Chocolates (Contains Milk)
  • Human Bean Co. Faba Beans
  • Rude Health Corn Chips
  • Freeze Dried Berries
  • Organic Gluten Free Onigiri Crackers
  • Foodcraft Nut Free Rawnola (Goji & Chia)

  • If you can eat nuts at home, we also have our popular items, Foodcraft Rawnola and Paleo Cookies that are made with all natural ingredients.  


    Do you have any questions about our ingredients or manufacturing process?
    Please let us know.  We will be happy to answer them!

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