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Saturday, June 12, 1999

Scare not reason why Coca Cola recalled drinks

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  • KUALA LUMPUR: F & N Coca-Cola (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said there is no link between the voluntary withdrawal of Coca-Cola in Belgium and the recent food issue in that country.

    Its corporate affairs manager Zainuddin M. Noh said the withdrawal of 20 centilitre bottles was unrelated to the food issue in Belgium.

    "Some bottles were found to be slightly off-taste but tests confirmed that there is no health risk associated with the product," he said in a statement.

    On Friday, foreign reports said Coca-Cola Belgium was to recall 2.5 million bottles after a group of school children became ill after consuming the drink.

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    In Petaling Jaya, consumers have been advised to check whether milk products were manufactured before Jan 1, 1999, by looking at the products expiry dates.

    For S26, SMA and Promil of Wyeth Nutritionals, any product with expiry dates from now until Dec 31, 2001 were manufactured before Jan 1, 1999.

    Its marketing director Corine Ooi said the Wyeth products had a shelf-life of three years.

    As for Dumex, consumers could e-mail the company at dumex.mydmx@eac.com.sg for inquiries.

    Its managing director Bjorn Olesen said only three milk products were from Denmark--Mamex Infant formula, Mamil Follow-up Formula and Protimex Instant Milk Cereal.

    For Mamex Infant Formula and Mamil Follow-up Formula, any product with the expiry date of September 2001 and before were safe as they were manufactured before Jan 1, 1999.

    For Protimex Instant Milk Cereal, the expiry date should be December 2000 and before, he said.

    For Frisolac 1 Infant Formula, Frisolac 2 Follow-up Formula and Frisovom Specialised Infant Milk under Dutch Baby Milk Industries, manufactured dates and expiry dates were as printed, a spokesperson said.

    Dutch Baby Milk Industries (Malaya) Bhd said its products are manufactured locally and contain no material from Europe.

    Its managing director Ian Martin Gearing said all Malaysian Dutch Lady products are required to carry the identification Under Licence of: Friesland Coberco Dairy Food BV Holland, which means that the brand "Dutch Lady" is licensed by the Dutch company.

    "It does not mean that the products are made in the Netherlands," he added.

    A statement from the Mamee Food Factory (M) Sdn Bhd (Chilled Division) said the company has received certification from the Veterinary Services Department saying that its skimmed milk products for the Nutrigen cultured milk and light yoghurt were imported from Australia.

    F & N Dairies (M) Sdn Bhd said their milk powder and dairy products which were sold in Malaysia and Singapore were sourced from Australia and New Zealand.





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