KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry today issued a list of food products that may be contaminated with the cancer-causing dioxin in the wake of the ban on dairy products from European Union (EU) countries.
Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the list, divided into seven food groups, would be updated when necessary.
"This full list is actually not complete and will be updated from time to time to give consumers the latest information," he told reporters at his office here after the ministry's post-Cabinet meeting.
The affected foods are meat and meat products; edible fats and cooking oil; eggs and egg products; milk and milk products; foods with more than two percent egg content; special purpose food containing milk, egg, meat and their products; and milk chocolate.
He said meat and meat products included fresh meat, frozen meat, dried meat, canned meat, meat extracts and food gelatine, while edible fats and cooking oil included dripping, suet and pig fat.
Among the affected milk and milk products are milk, fresh milk, skimmed milk, pasteurized milk, UHT milk, full cream milk, cultured milk, condensed milk, cream, pasteurized cream, butter, cheese and ice-cream.
Foods containing more than two percent egg refer to pasta, flour confectionery and mayonnaise, while special purpose foods include infant formula, baby cereals, low-energy food, dietary formula food.
Chua said the ministry had identified six brands of milk powder suspected to be contaminated with dioxin.
They are Dutch Baby (Frisolac 1 and Frisolac 2 Follow-up); Dumex (Mamex and Mamil), Nestle (PRE-NAN, Nan HA-New Improved Formula, Neslac, Klim Superkid, Nespray Junior, Nespray High Calcium, Milkmaid Fullcream Condensed Milk, Lactogen 1, Lactogen 2, Pre-Nan Formula for Low Birthweight nfants, Nan 1 and Nan 2); Morinaga Milk (Morinaga Chil-Mil 1 Infant Formula and Morinaga Chil-Mil 2 Follow-Up Formula); Wyeth (S26,SMA Infant Formula and Promil) and Maeil Dairy (Maeil Infant).
Chua said as at yesterday, five container loads of skimmed milk powder imported by Dutch Baby Milk Industries Berhad had been impounded at Port Klang to enable health inspectors to conduct checks to verify their safety.
These products worth RM588,898 were imported from Germany and Ireland, he said.
He said the ministry had sealed goods worth RM54,523 at several supermarkets since launching nationwide operations yesterday to check for dioxin contamination in foods.
Meanwhile, Wyeth (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, in a statement today, said Wyeth Nutritionals' products in Malaysia, including "S-26, SMA and Promil", were manufactured before Jan 1, 1999 and are therefore safe for consumption.
Wyeth's S-26, SMA and Promil were manufactured in Ireland, and Wyeth Nutritionals confirms that none of their products were affected following confirmation by their Irish suppliers of milk, the statement said. -- BERNAMA