Thursday, 25 September 2008
Is this one of them???
This White Rabbit sweet or most commonly known as Gula Susu is still being sold at shops. Looking at the photograph below (from HERE), I notice there is this Gula Susu among them.
SUSPECT PRODUCT: Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai showing one of the food items to be tested.
PUTRAJAYA, Thurs: - Seven out of the 132 products randomly taken off shelves of supermarkets and shops nationwide by the Health Ministry have tested negative of melamine contamination.
Health director-general Tan Sri Ismail Merican revealed this at a press conference this evening in Putrajaya. The products (company brands in brackets) are:
1. Chocolate Coated Wafer (Passion)
2. Oreo White Chocolate Wafer Stick (Kraft)
3. Mini Cornetto Chocomint & Tiramisu Flavour (Wall's)
4. Moo Soft Cookie Sandwich (Wall's)
5. Milk Powder Honey Flavoured (Dutch Lady)
6. Strawberry Flavoured Milk (Dutch Lady)
7. Baby Milk Powder (Frisolac)
The rest of the samples are being tested and test results will be released daily at the Health Ministry's Melamine Watch website.
The public can also call 03 - 8883 3655 and 03 - 8883 3652 (Mon - Fri - 8am to 9pm) or 03 - 8883 3500 and 03 - 8883 3503 (daily from 8am to 5pm, including public holidays) to find out more.
Yesterday, the Health Ministry has took samples of 53 milk-related products produced in China for testing. These included household names including M&M's chocolates, Snickers chocolate bars and the White Rabbit creamy candy, which were among the 53 items tested for melamine contamination yesterday, will know their fate when the test results are released by the Health Ministry at 4pm today. The items, including chocolate, candy, yogurt and biscuits, have been sent to the Chemistry Department for tests on suspicion that they may contain milk tainted by the banned substance, melamine.
The ministry will also start seizing products off shelves if the test results show that they contain dangerous amounts of the substance.
"But, this is no cause for alarm at the moment. We are doing our best to check everything and we hope to get cooperation from the manufacturers, importers and retailers," Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday.
He also said other food products imported from China and suspected of containing melamine had been placed on Level 5 of the six-level Food Safety Information System of Malaysia, which requires that products be detained pending results of sample analysis.
Milk-related products from China have been placed at the Level 6 alert since Sept 13, which means an automatic rejection.
Liow confirmed that there were no dairy products (milk or milk powder) from China sold in Malaysia since last year.
"To sell milk here, you would need a special licence from the Veterinary Services Department. The department has said that none had been given to Chinese companies since last year."
Liow said it was normal for food items to contain a small amount of melamine as a result of using plastic wrappers. A directive from the European Commission said up to 30 parts per million (ppm) of the substance was still safe.
Powdered milk produced by China's largest dairy producer, Sanlu Group, was found to have a melamine content of up to 2,563ppm.
Liow urged doctors who come across kidney disorders suspected to be caused by tainted milk products to report the cases to the ministry.