@BeirutiBrit @StyleDragoon just an interesting aside on the moss
Fa cai meets local safety standards: AVA Sheralyn Tay [email protected] The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has given the all-clear for fa cai or black moss available in the local market. These products, it said, meet local safety requirements stipulated under current Food Regulations. Its comments come a day after Hong Kong researchers called for a ban on the black hair-like sea moss that is a commonly eaten during Chinese New Year for luck because its name sounds the same as "prosperity" in Mandarin. On Monday, the team from the Chinese University's department of biochemistry cited international research to claim that the algae has no nutritional value and contains a toxic amino acid that could lead to degenerative nerve diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and dementia, because it contains a toxic amino acid called Beta Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA)...