Another alert from the Health Ministry on the recall of the Taro biscuit made by Bairong (or Bai Rong) due to excessive level of melamine contents. Melamine level detected in the Taro biscuits was 75ppm (parts per million), way over the permissible level. This product however, may not be available in Malaysia market.
As the fact given by the Health Ministry to the press is vague, Bairong could be the Dongguan-based Bairong Food Stuff Company.
Dongguan-based Bairong Food Stuff Company was in hot soup in 2007 when their products was also found to have excessive content of formaldehyde. Bairong has been blacklisted before by the Philippines's Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) on contamination allegations.
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Taro biscuits ordered to be off shelves immediately
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has ordered Taro brand biscuit produced by Bairong to be withdrawn from the market with immediate effect after tests showed it contained melamine above the permissible level.
The ministry’s food quality and safety division director, Noraini Mohd Othman, said in a statement yesterday the product contained above the 75ppm (parts per million) level of melamine that is permitted.
The statement added that 12 products analysed by the division were found to meet the ministry’s standard for melamine content.
They are Fruit Jelly Stick (Motion), Genuine Pearl Jelly (Tian Tian), Lobster Peanut Crisp (Cap Layang), 888 (Egg & Milk Filling) (Vigor 888), Rice Crackers (Wang Wang), Biscuit Sticks (Four Seas). Mini Poppers Chocolate Flavoured (Walls), White Coffee 3in1 (Dali Coffee Beverage), Apple Sandwich Biscuits (Bairong), Colourfull Party (Cherry & Apple Biscuits) (Bairong), Almond Cakes (Fu Die Lai) and Curtes Chocolate (Giff). €” Bernama
Two south China biscuit manufacturers whose products were allegedly seized by authorities in the Philippines for containing toxic chemicals have refuted the claim, saying they have never exported to the country.
Dongguan-based Bairong Food Stuff Company and the Yongkang Food Company, both based in Guangdong Province, have been blacklisted by the Philippines's Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) on contamination allegations.
Bairong spokesperson Xu Fengqiong said its products were sold in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, but it had no dealers or distributors in the Philippines, and the company had not directly exported its products to the country.
Sources from the Yongkang Food Company said the company was not licensed to export.
Both companies claimed their biscuits were safe.
Ma Feng, director of the food management department in Dongguan city quality supervision authority, said the bureau had found no formaldehyde after testing the products, ingredients and packaging materials.
He said the products had also been sent to the Guangdong provincial quality inspection authority for further tests.
(Xinhua News Agency July 21, 2007)
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