Analysis of Harmful Ingredients in Student Snacks at Lubuk Pakam, Deli Serdang District, Indonesia
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The inclusion of harmful ingredients into student snacks in Indonesia has been increasing by snack producers, which are generally small or household industries, and which should demand more attention from producers, the government, and consumers. This research attempted to identify harmful ingredients (formalin, sodium tetra borate, and rhodamine) in student snacks at Lubuk Pakam, and was conducted at Food Chemistry Laboratory, Nutrition Department Medical Polytechnic of Medan in September 2015. Representative samples were obtained from student snacks traders from 24 schools at Lubuk Pakam,and were analyzed by Ezzy Test kit for formalin, sodium tetra borate, and Rhodamine B. The results showed that the snacks positively contained formalin in 25% of the samples (6 of 24), sodium tetra borate 25% (6 of 24) of the samples and Rhodamine Bare 38.88% (7 of 18 samples). It can be concluded that there is the continued utilization of harmful ingredients in student snacks inLubuk Pakam.