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Nasi Paku’ Trend: Child Undergoes Surgery To Remove Nail In Stomach

Nasi Paku’ Trend: Child Undergoes Surgery To Remove Nail In Stomach

The use of nails had been criticised as nothing more than a marketing gimmick, and puts customers at risk.

Fernando Fong

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Eateries usually use rubber bands for their food and beverage packaging.

But recently, restaurants in Kelantan are getting attention for packaging foods with nails in a trend known as ‘Nasi Paku’.

Who would have thought, despite its uniqueness, this trend has invited danger when a child reportedly swallowed a nail.

According to Public Health Malaysia, the child had to be taken to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery.

It is understood that the child swallowed the nail on a packet of ‘Nasi Paku’ and the X-Ray results showed that it was in the stomach.

According to Public Health Malaysia’s Twitter post, the incident occurred when the child complained of stomach pain and cried incessantly.

Public Health Malaysia informed that the use of nails is not recommended because it is categorized as a food hazard.

It also reminded that restaurants can be penalized under the Food Act 1983 for causing food hazards.

Consumers can take action by reporting errant food operators to the nearest District Health Office.

The advice is largely supported by netizens who largely oppose the ridiculous ‘trend’.

The comments section was flooded with frustration from netizens who could not comprehend why it is necessary to use nails.

They pointed out that rubber bands are easier to use and safer for the public.

The use of nails had been strongly criticized by netizens. (Source: Twitter)

Some questioned if the restaurant operators had ever attended any food handling course.

Netizens said the food operators probably never had any training on food handling. (Source: Twitter)

Netizens also highlighted that staplers, which are commonly used in food packaging, are also dangerous.

According to Sinar Harian, the trend of using nails in food wrapping has started in Kelantan as early as way back in the 70s.

Accordingly, food operators use nails as they can hold food packaging more securely than rubber bands.

Hopefully, the ‘Nasi Paku’ will stop and food operators will pay more attention towards ensuring proper and safe food packaging.


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