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Dr Subramaniam: Domestic Trade Ministry Can Confiscate Fake Milk

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KUALA LUMPUR – Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has the right to go ahead and confiscate baby formula milk suspected to be counterfeit milk off the shelves of shops and supermarkets.

He said the domestic trade ministry could remove the formula milk because it could be potentially harmful to the consumer.

“The Health Ministry is conducting a lab research to determine the actual content of the milk powder,” he told a press conference after officiating the International Medical University (IMU) ground breaking ceremony of its first hospital, here today.

“The lab results will take two weeks to be completed and after that we will prepare a full detailed report on the content of the milk to show how it has been contaminated and proven to be fake,” he added.

Last Thursday, some 210 baby milk formula worth RM42,000 was confiscated in five raids across Johor.

Johor Domestic Trade Director Khairul Anwar Bachok was reported as saying the result of the raid was due to a complaint by genuine milk producers since August.

“It Is based on reports received over a baby who had been vomiting after drinking the milk which was fake,” he said.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement today that the Food Safety and Quality Division was responsible to ensure that the food sold in the market were safe for consumption.

“The ministry wishes to emphasise that any baby formula for sale must comply with Section 389 of the Food Regulations 1985 under the Food Act 1983,” he said.

He said if consumers had any doubt on any issue concerning food safety, they were advised to contact the District Health Office or the nearest State Health Department or via the website or the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) – BERNAMA

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