How to tell the Real from the Fake: Ma-Ling

By Cher Cabula - Sunday, August 08, 2010

Every Sunday my mom and dad prepare an assortment of dishes for my sister to take to her dorm which will be her meals for the week. Included was a breakfast of Ma-ling and egg. Ma-ling is a popular pork luncheon meat here in the Philippines, much like how Spam is to the United States.

My parents bought this particular can at a local supermarket here in Antipolo. They were surprised at how low the price was, they just thought that it was on a special discount. When it was cooked, it tasted different. It didn’t taste like meat at all but very bland and “floury”. That’s when we realized that they must’ve bought a fake one.

Here’s a series of side by side comparisons. The real one is on the left side, the fake on the right.

IMG_0078 The top of the can had a printed photo of the product with a series of seals and the words “canned pork luncheon meat” while the other one had only a 168 brand logo.

IMG_0082 The nutrition facts label is also different on the fake can. It didn’t have the standard format.

IMG_0084 There was also a difference on the characters printed on the side. I can’t read it of course but the one on the right looked pretty much like the characters on the cans recalled from Singapore 3 years ago when it was banned.

IMG_0085 Again, there are official seals  on this side too while the fake one only contained the 168 brand logo.

Consumers should be made aware of the fake products out there. Please do help spread awareness.

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