Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Malaysia Slow in Responding to Tainted Milk Products

Malaysia's two main dairy products companies have issued statements with regards to the tainted milk / dairy products in China.

Nestle Malaysia Berhad - assures consumers and customers that all its products are safe for consumption. Mentioned that its powder based dairy products in Malaysia are sourced from Europe, Australia and New Zealand and USA.

Nestle headquarters in Switzerland - expresses confidence that none of its products in China is made from milk adulterated with melamine.

But it did qualify its statement with this paragraph -
In general terms, melamine is found throughout the food chain across the world in minute traces which do not represent any health risk for consumers. There is a generally accepted tolerable daily intake of melamine in food in the EU (0.5mg/kg of body weight/day) and in the US (0.63mg/kg of body weight/day). The lowest level of melamine traces which can be measured by commonly-used testing equipment (2 ppm) is 20 times below these internationally-recognised safety limits. In other words, based on this 2 ppm value, a three year-old child would have to consume over 40 litres of milk every day to exceed these safety limits.

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad - gave assurance that products ranging from powders and liquid are safe for consumption and free from melamine contamination.

Both Tesco and Carrefour in Malaysia are still awaiting for directives from the Ministry of Health. As blogged earlier, there was nothing mentioned in the said ministry's website.

Latest product that could be affected is Mengniu's brand, Monmilk.

Reading: Supermarts to start clearing shelves - Star
Related post - Food Linked to China's Milk Scandal
Tags: Malaysia, Milk Product, Dairy Product, Mengniu, Monmilk, Nestle Malaysia Berhad, Nestle, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad, Melamine Contamination, Tesco, Carrefour



Blogger Chemhoster said...

I have been regularly consuming Dutch Ladies fresh milk, not that much though. Is it safe to drink?

Like not much coverage on this issue. I just got to know about it.

23 September, 2008 19:41  
Blogger acura said...

I wonder why the Health Minister didn't come out to make a statement just to assure all Malaysians. Tell us what is safe what is not. I received an sms regarding the tainted products but i doubt the authenticity of it. It will be good if someone can set it straight

24 September, 2008 02:21  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

chemhoster - dutch lady has issued the assurance statement

acura - health minister is more worried abt his political health in the coming mca election

24 September, 2008 12:28  
Blogger akt said...

I also emailed Dutch Lady's help center and was promptly replied by their staff; their reply was similar to the one given to The Star Online. Hope this helps! By the way, I am also using Dutch Lady Products...touch wood... so far, ok.

26 September, 2008 19:41  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

akt - that's a good move by u. i think we can trust dutch lady for their assurances.

29 September, 2008 11:14  
Blogger akt said...

I just want to share something with everyone: drink soy milk/ in Malaysia, it's known as Soya Bean Milk. It has protein and should be a good substitute. I think it was also on the news last night.

30 September, 2008 16:10  
Blogger Unknown said...

Is Malaysia local milk like goodday (goodday.com.my) safe to drink? I regulary consumed this fresh milk everyday.

02 October, 2008 22:37  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

akt - soya milk is a good alternative

fairuz - well, so far milk products produced by local companies are still ok

04 October, 2008 02:08  

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