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Friday, June 11, 1999

Firm awaiting 'dioxin free' cert

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PETALING JAYA: Dutch Baby Milk Industries (Malaya) Bhd is awaiting the approval of the 'dioxin free' certificate from the Health Ministry to re-market several types of milk powders.

Its managing director Ian Martin Gearing said the company had received the certificate from the Dutch authorities and had passed it to the ministry.

Asked how soon the company would obtain the certificate, he said this would depend on the ministry.

He was speaking to reporters after briefing them on Dutch Lady's Longlife Milk & Trade Display Campaign here yesterday.

Asked whether this was a good timing to launch such a campaign, he said it was a good moment to remind people of the nutritional value of milk when people were a bit shy and scared of the product.

"We do not want to scare mothers away from milk," he said.

In a statement issued by Dutch Baby yesterday, it said currently, Frisolac 1 infant formula, Frisolac 2 follow-up, and Frisovom Specialised Infant milk under Dutch Baby had been recalled as the milk was imported from Holland.

For Dutch Baby 1 & 2 (infant milk powder), Dutch Lady full cream milk powder with Honey, Dutch Lady 123 Growing up milk powder, Dutch Lady 123 growing up milk powder with honey, and Calcimex hi-calcium milk powder, they were all imported from New Zealand and Australia.

Its other range of products, UHT milk, Sterilised recombined milk, pasteurised recombined milk, yoghurt, Completa sweetened creamer, Dutch Lady and Frisian Flag evaporated milk and Frisian Flag filled sweetened condensed milk, were made from non-fat skimmed milk powder and anhydrous milk fat from Australia and New Zealand.

For its pasteurised fresh milk and sterilised milk, they were made from local fresh milk supplied by the Veterinary Department.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said in a statement that it was working with the Health Ministry on the suspension of some of their infant formulas.

The company's brands which are temporarily suspended are Enfalac, Enfagrow, Olac, Pregestimil, Enfalac Premature, and Enfalac AR.

The company was seeking verification on the safety of the products from the Health Ministry.

The company said their other products contain dairy ingredients which are sourced from New Zealand and the United States and are safe for consumption.





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