No need to wait for MOH’s instruction to confiscate counterfeit milk

KPDNKK can confiscate the counterfeit Enfalac A+ Step 1 (1.8kg) infant formula without the green light or instruction of the Ministry of Health.

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Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam during the Breaking of Ground Ceremony of the IMU Healthcare’s new hospital at the Bukit Jalil Campus International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: ADIB RAMLI, 14 DECEMBER 2017.

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) can confiscate the counterfeit Enfalac A+ Step 1 (1.8kg) infant formula without the green light or instruction of the Ministry of Health.

The Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam said, at this moment, the ministry is investigating and running tests on the counterfeit products. The full laboratory test may take two weeks to prepare.

He said, they are working closely with the Department of Food Safety and Quality and KPDNKK to identify if the counterfeits are contaminated and to prove its status of counterfeit.

“KPDNKK also need to confiscate those infant formulas in the market. They don’t need to wait for the lab report.

“The report will determine the chemicals in the formulation and if they are harmful to the babies or otherwise,” he said in a statement today.

He also elaborated that there are cases of children suffering from diarrhoea throughout the country on a daily basis and getting treatments for that.

On the counterfeit infant formula issue, he said, the ministry can only confirm that the cases are linked after thorough investigation and they need to be rational and not jump into conclusions.

Subramaniam also wants the KPDNKK and the enforcement agencies to investigate on this issue and trace how the counterfeit infant formulas penetrate the local market.

“This is something we need to look into and study seriously. Who is the mastermind behind all these?

“KPDNKK needs to action against those responsible in selling the counterfeit products,” he said. – MalaysiaGazette

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