They are Selling Recycled Biscuits and Chocolates Called Taktak

My usual hangout is at my grandmothers’s balcony. The place where most of my relatives (mother side) do a get together as past time.

One day, my auntie was eating a biscuit. The biscuits were assorted and packed in a cellophane bag. My auntie gave me some of it and said it was cheap. The biscuit’s taste was good, just like branded competitors.

The taste was good and it looked so neat but the looks can be decieving. Who knows where it came from. Cheap products are doubtful.

a broken white biscuit

This news by GMA7 Imbestigador made me doubt cheap products even more.

In San Jose del Monte Bulacan and Pandi Bulacan, There is a company named Rodisco. Sounds like the legitimate Rebisco but the two companies are entirely unrelated. Some of us are really good imitators.

Imbestigador caught this company recycling chocolates and biscuits. The informant stated that those commodities are intended for animal consumption but this company are selling them for human consumption. Where did their consience go?

Whole biscuits and chocolate are repacked. The broken biscuits and chocolates are ground, mixed with honey and packed in a cone like container. These recycled processed foods are called taktak.

Accoding to analysis, taktak foods have high coliform content. Bacterial coliform are responsible for outbreak of typhoid fever, diarrhea, hepatitis and cholera. Some of the taktak foods are hard to differentiate from the legitimate because some of them have brands.

Imbestigador seeked the help of local health units. Surprise inspection showed that the company has no proper storage facilities. The foods are just packed in sacks or large polyethylene plastics with no protection from dirt and other foreign objects. The worst thing, motorcycles are parked in food storage area.

In addition, the company lacks the following:

lot of water supply,
waste and garbage disposal,
lighting facilities,
sanitary toilets, and
updated medical certificates of personnel

Authorities are now investigating the source and distribution chanell of this company. Who knows, the yummy chocolate and biscuits you are eating might be from this company.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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