‘Carageenan King’ dies of cancer

Posted on January 6, 2012


by Aileen Garcia-Yap, Reporter

After two years of battling cancer, the Philippine’s “carageenan king” Benson Dakay succumbed to cancer on  January 5 at 9 a.m. in a  private hospital in California.  He was 56.

Dakay was chief executive officer of the Cebu-based Shemberg Corp., a company he founded along with Shemberg Marketing and Shemberg Biotech Corp.

He was also president of the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines and a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) awardee for Aquaculture/Agriculture in 1988.

Dakay led lobby efforts to get carageenan accepted as a non-toxic food additive in markets in the United States in 1990 and Europe in 1996.
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