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China Milk Scare

Amid widespread fears over the China milk scare which has now spilled over to other countries, the Health Ministry today assured consumers that Malaysia does not import milk and infant formula from China. However, the ban on imports is now extended to all confectionery and dairy products from China as a precaution.

Chinese dairy productsThe ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division said that the fact that Malaysia did not source milk and infant formula from China had been confirmed by the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysia Veterinary Services Department (VSD), which issues import permits for all products sourced from animals.

It said Malaysia, however, imported milk products from China which were produced with milk supplies from Australia and New Zealand, a practice demanded by the VSD due to the risk of food and mouth disease among cattle in China. However, as a precautionary measure, even these imports are prohibited.

Based on the latest information from the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, that the “White Rabbit Creamy Candy” imported from China has been found to containe melamine, the ministry has also decided to widen the import restriction on confectionery that contains milk, chocolate milk and white chocolate, and other foods that contain milk from China.

White Rabbit Creamy CandyChecks are being carried out on all such products to detect presence of melamine in all Chinese products. Those found with foodstuff containing melamine can be prosecuted under the Food Act. The penalty is a fine of not more than RM100,000 or a jail term of not more than 10 years or both. Consumers who need information should call the milnistry at 03-88833503.

Dairy giant Nestlé Malaysia assured consumers that all its products are safe for consumption following fears that some popular products including Nestle’s, Dutch Lady’s and Mars’ have been recalled and removed from supermarkets.

Nestlé Malaysia said in a statement the milk powder used as raw material or ingredient in all Nestlé milk powders in Malaysia, including Nan, Lactogen, Neslac, Nespray Everyday and Nestlé Omega Plus and dairy-based products such as Milo, Nestlé ice cream and Nestlé yoghurt products, were sourced from Australia, New Zealand, Europe or the USA.

Nestlé Malaysia stressed that it did not import any milk powders from China.

Following recent press reports claiming that traces of melamine had been found in a Nestlé growing up milk in Hongkong, the Nestlé Headquarters in Switzerland issued a statement that the company was “confident that none of its products in China is made from milk adulterated with melamine.”

The Hongkong Government’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department had later released a report declaring that Neslac Gold 1+ which was mentioned in the media reports, was safe and that no melamine was detected in the product.

Nestle said the Neslac Gold 1+ from China is not available in Malaysia. Consumers can contact Nestlé Call Centre at 1-800-88-3433 during office hours.

Meanwhile, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd has called for a press conference tomorrow on this matter. It has assured that none of its products has melamine.

Source: The Sun

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  1. no imageshaxx (Check me out!) on September 23rd, 2008

    Now we have to check the origin of any products that we buy and should not be limited to dairy products alone…

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