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Borax (Sodium borate, Na2B4O7.10H2O) is offen misured as a food additive in many kinds of Thai preserved food including preserved meat and meat ball. It render the food more tender, spongy consistency and tasteful. However this additive has been forbidden by Thai FDA for years according to its both acute and chronic toxic manifestations such as gastro intestinal irritation including nausea, vomiting and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. High dose may lead to shock and death due to cardiovascular collapse. Chronic consumption may cause nephritis abnormality pf genital organs etc.
The authors investigated 52 samples of meat ball collected from various parts of Bangkok Metropolis and could detect rather high content of borax in 9 samples. Dose dependent stimulation of guinea pig ileum by borax was clearly demonstrated in the classical in vitro experiment. Health hazard of this illegal food additive should be strickly controlled by health authorities, and be continuously emphasized by all means of public information.
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