Friday, October 3, 2008

Taiwan finds melamine in Nestle! - Malaysiakini

Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH) finds melamine in 6 Nestle products and ordered that they be removed from te shelves. The products comprised 5 products under the KLIM label and Neslac.

Although tests showed that the amount of melamine is below the raised safety level of melamine at 2.5 ppm, DOH still ordered their removal as a temporary and cautious measure. This safety level was raised from 0 to 2.5 ppm last week which resulted in the resignation of Taiwan's health minister, Lin Fang-yu while over here on Malaysian soil, our health minister Liow Tiong Lai is misleading us to believe that as long as food products contain melamine below 30 ppm, it is safe for consumption!

Taiwan's Premier Liu Chao-hsuan told Parliament that he 'hereby makes a formal request to demand China to apologise to Taiwan' and that after the concerned departments have calculated and confirmed the damages, they will seek compensation from China.

In Vietnam, its Ministry of Health is expected to release a list of melamine-contaminated products. The Health Minister, Cao Minh Quang said that his ministry had identified melamine-tainted milk products imported from Malaysia!

Yep, that's right! Another Made-In-Malaysia product tainted with melamine discovered! Taiwan and Vietnam, who's next? Will Made-In-Malaysia products come under the radar to be tested for melamine globally? What is our Health Ministry doing about it?

Meanwhile, another Dutch Mill Co's 60 tonnes of powder that's imported from China and kept at Samut Prakarn will be tested by Thailand's FDA due to possible melamine contamination. An attempt to return the milk powder to China was blocked by the FDA until test results are known. The FDA had earlier tested 20 tonnes of milk powder stored at Nakhon Pathom for melamine and the result was positive.

In Korea, its Health Minister strengthens stricter food safety and set labelling rules on all food products including those imported. Producers of harmful goods will lose their import license for a second violation and be subjected to class action lawsuits.

In America, instant coffee is being recalled. Read the list of recalled items here.

Questioning the responsibility of our Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai, when he mislead the rakyat that it is safe to consume products contaminated with melamine as long as it is within the 'permissible' level of 30 ppm, is he also implying that the government can close one eye if manufacturers add melamine to their products as long as it is within the 'permissible' 30 ppm?

Taiwan's ex-Health Minister Lin Fang-yu resigned over this issue of poor handling of a crisis and the new Health Minister, Yeh Ching-chuan is seen to be handling this crisis well.

What about this Bolehland?


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