Watchdog finds 1 'chao guay' jelly to avoid

Samples of grass jelly in bowls and with tags identifying their brand and where the samples were collected for testing by the Foundation for Consumers are displayed yesterday. The test was aimed at finding out if they are safe to eat. Apichart Jinakul

Most "chao guay" grass jelly products -- a popular dessert -- are safe to eat as they do not contain excessive amounts of preservatives, but with one exception, a consumer watchdog has declared.

The Foundation for Consumers randomly tested 30 brands in the Thai market for benzoic acid and sorbic acid contamination.

Of these, 14 were found to contain neither of the preservatives while 15 showed "safe" levels, said Saree Ongsomwang, the foundation's secretary-general.

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