Malaysia has imposed stringent checks on milk and milk related food products from China –yes it is melamine again .
The NST today reported that the ” Malaysia has imposed stringent checks of milk and milk related food products from China following reports of re -entry of banned tainted products containing melamine in shelves in some parts of China ” .
The Malaysian Ministry of Health did a survey of retails outlets in Malaysia on milk and milk related products from China late last year and they concluded that the from the samples collected there is nothing for us to worry about.
The best advice that can be given is buyers beware . If in doubt best avoid them .
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Malaysia has imposed stringent checks on milk and milk-related food products from China following reports of re-entry of banned tainted products, containing melamine in shelves in some parts of China.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry had stepped up checks since Jan 6 via the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM).
It is to ascertain if the products imported from China were tainted with melamine, the chemical blamed for the deaths of six babies in a 2008 dairy scandal in China.
Liow said they would also be monitoring closely all milk and milk-related food products imported from other countries to ensure only safe products were sold in the market.
He was commenting on a report that more melamine had been found in milk in China.
Melamine is white powder used in plastic-making while melamine resin, a mix of melamine and formaldehyde, is used in the manufacture of floor tiles, whiteboards and kitchenware.
Liow gave an assurance that the Veterinary Services Department had not issued any import permit for three China-based companies — Shandong Zibo Lusaier Dairy, Liaoning Tieling Wuzhou Food and Laoting Kaida Refrigeration to sell their products here.
Milk and milk-related food products produced by these companies were withdrawn from the market in China early last year following detection of high level of industrial chemical in popsicles in southwestern province of Guizhou.
Despite the withdrawal, authorities in China found the products were still being sold with the companies pinning the blame on milk powder bought from suppliers.
In 2008, melamine found its way into a range of products, including baby formula, leading to the death of six infants and making almost 300,000 ill in China.
Last year, Liow said ministry officers took at random some 515 samples of milk and milk-related food products from China from the shelves of supermarket, wholesale and retail outlets.
They found all them with low level of melamine — within the 1mg/kg or one part per million permitted.
The samples comprised various products including milk, infant formula milk, toddlers formula milk, ice-cream, yoghurt, soya milk, biscuits, chocolates, confectionery, soy sauce, flour, fruits, and vegetables.
Liow said melamine could cause kidney stones. “The chemical can crystallise in small kidney tubes, resulting in kidney damage or even renal failure.”
Those found selling products with high level of melamine can be charged under Section 13 of the Food Act 1983 and upon conviction face a fine of up to RM100,000 or 10 years’ jail or both.
Liow said the ministry would get its enforcement officers to check all entry points to ensure no contaminated or tainted milk and milk-related food products make their way to Malaysia.
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