Contaminated milk not exported to Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA - A premix infant formula from New Zealand suspected to be contaminated was not exported to Malaysia, the Health Ministry said.

Investigations on 16 local dairy production and export companies also confirmed that these companies did not use the premix infant formula or follow-on formula containing whey protein concentrate (WPC80) produced by Fonterra New Zealand.

"Having said that, up until now the New Zealand authorities have not confirmed if these products - the Nutricia Karicare Stage 1 Infant Formula and Nutricia Karicare Stage 2 Follow-on Formula - have been exported to Malaysia.

"These products are not permitted for import into this country, except with confirmation by a competent authority from the origin country that the products are not contaminated with the clostridium botulinum," the ministry's Food Safety and Quality division senior director Noraini Mohd Othman said in a statement yesterday.

The formula containing the WPC80 came under public health scrutiny on suspicion for Clostridium botulinum bacteria contamination, which can lead to food poisoning.

She said that the public need "not worry" about the safety of dairy products being sold in the local market.

Consumers with queries on the issue may contact the division at 03-8883 3652 / 03-8883 3653 or check the website at www://fsq.moh.gov.my.

Meanwhile, the recall of some Danone Dumex products over possible WPC80 contamination was initiated voluntarily, said the company.

It said that the recall involved limited batches of Dumex Dupro Step 2, Mamex Cherish Step 1, Mamex Explore 2 and Bebelac 2 products.

"All other batches of these products and all other Danone Dumex items are safe for consumption."

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