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October 18, 2008

Don’t buy biscuits that carry no label

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 1:04 pm

NST: SEREMBAN: The public has been advised not to buy biscuits that carry no label.
The advice comes from the state Health Department after 18 types of biscuit from two manufacturers, Khong Guan and Khian Guan, were banned when they were found tainted with melamine.
Its director Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said some shops were repacking and selling the banned biscuits in loose packaging without any label at night markets to avoid losses.
“Based on our recent inspections, we have reasons to believe that some shops, unable to return these biscuits after purchasing large consignments, are selling them without any label at pasar malam.
“Therefore, we advise people to be extra careful and only purchase biscuits that are labelled,” Dr Zainal said at his office yesterday.
The source of contamination is from the baking agent, ammonium bicarbonate, which is imported from China.
Following the discovery of melamine in both the household brands, Dr Zainal said officers from the Health Department sealed a warehouse belonging to Khong Guan at Jalan Rahang.

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