Sunday, October 19, 2008

'Melamined' Malaysian Food

I thought those melamine fear factor has been restricted to China but it has found its way to Malaysian shore.

As Malaysia's permissible level for melamine content is 2.5 parts per million ("ppm"), it has found various types of biscuits produced by Khong Guan Biscuit Factory Sdn Bhd and Khian Guan Biscuit Manufacturing Co Sdn Bhd (same group of companies) to be contaminated with too much melamine.

Initial tests have revealed that the ammonium carbonate found in their biscuits to have exceeded 33.4 ppm up to 508 ppm. That's terrible man. Failure of QA/QC department? Or just don't bother to check.

Hong Kong government's Centre For Food Safety has announced that the Munchy biscuits brand from Malaysia have exceeded the tolerable daily intake of melamine:-
1) Munchy’s Mini Crackers with Peanut Butter - level of melamine detected was 5.4 ppm
2) Munchy’s Mini Crackers with Cheese Cream - level of melamine detected was 3.8 ppm

In Munchy's website, there is a notice that states all milk and dairy ingredients are being sourced from France and Australia ......... hmmmmmm now melamine has invaded another two more countries. Besides that, two independent certification agencies, Chemical Laboratory (M) Sdn Bhd and Pacific Lab Services of Zagro Asia Ltd, have certified Munchy's products to be safe for consumption.

When I read about the melamine story, I thought it was really some sort of chemical product that somehow is being added into milk products to make those end products smell or taste better.

Lo and behold, it is the same kind of melamine material that is being used in the making of a kitchen cabinet or wardrobe. Such melamine material used, if taken care, could withstand years of wear and tear. Now, imagine it being mixed into the food ingredient. IMHO, whatever permissible level, if consumed, won't be helpful at all for our human body.

Reading: Too much melamine found in 18 types of biscuits - Star

Related post - Sudden Fear of Melamine
Tags: Melamine, Khong Guan Biscuit Factory Sdn Bhd, Khian Guan Biscuit Manufacturing Co Sdn Bhd, Biscuits, Centre For Food Safety, Munchy, Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Mini Crackers with Peanut Butter, Mini Crackers with Cheese Cream, Chemical Laboratory (M) Sdn Bhd, Pacific Lab Services, Zagro Asia Ltd

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Dora said...

After reading the news, I'm wondering how about other food we eat everyday? The news like telling us the QA is not doing their job all the while!

19 October, 2008 09:42  
Blogger -eiling- said...

Now guess how many Malaysians have melamine inside their body?!! Irresponsible manufacturers should be punished.

19 October, 2008 10:10  
Blogger Sweet Jasmine said...

This is just a tip of the iceberg..still a wide varieties of food products still not tested for their harmful properties.

19 October, 2008 11:41  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

What's next after this?

19 October, 2008 13:34  
Blogger Akira said...

I don't know if I oversee this stated anywhere in your post. What's the permissible level then?

19 October, 2008 21:49  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

dora - there are news that lots of related food have not been really tested yet. besides the milk or dairy products, ammonium carbonate substance has been linked as well

eiling - the manufacturers themselves are not doing the testings on their own. they are waiting for the govt to catch them.

jasmine - u are so correct over there

borneo - plenty but all will be taken lightly by the govt and manufacturers

akira - in msia, its 2.5 ppm

20 October, 2008 08:59  
Blogger Convivialdingo said...

Very little of our food is tested here in the USA. While I do have a lot of confidence in our food supply - I do worry about processed foods (canned, frozen, ready-to-eat varieties).

I've taken to preparing most of our own foods for a long time now - utilizing as little processed foods as possible. It's a lot cheaper, healthier, and I feel much better as well.

Some things I worry about though - such as cookies, biscuits and breads. I've been avoiding these as I know that many ingredients could be sourced from China.

Hopefully things will get sorted out - until then I'm making my own cookies :-)

20 October, 2008 12:26  
Blogger SlowCatchUpKuan said...

i've read from the ministry of health website that there are actually quite a list of food that contains high percentage of melamine. but the food is still sold to public till now. it's a bit worrying lar. cannot expect us to print the list everyday before grocery shopping right since the food is still on the shelves...

20 October, 2008 13:23  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

conviv - manufacturers are cutting costs at the detriment of consumers as cheaper alternatives are being used / sourced

kuan - law is there but no enforcement or slow to do so. manufacturers will wait for orders to be served

20 October, 2008 16:14  
Blogger Hajar said...

Without the ruckus caused by the exposure of melamined foodstuff, wonder how much longer we'd be kept in the dark ...

21 October, 2008 14:58  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

hajar - unfortunately these are the sort of biz owners we have in the world right now

21 October, 2008 15:12  
Blogger Hajar said...

Unscrupulous ones ... a sad truth.

21 October, 2008 15:33  
Blogger Ai-Ling said...

it's definitely getting scarier each day. i guess it's gonna be back to the basic for most of us...more home-cooked and home-baked goodies.

30 October, 2008 18:40  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

ai-ling - agree, back to basic food. that's why nowadays we can see so many types of sicknesses not known in those days

31 October, 2008 17:16  

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