EU confident over melamine dairy protection
Source of Article: http://www.dairyreporter.com/Safety-Hygiene/EU-confident-over-melamine-dairy-protection
As some of the world’s leading dairy groups attempt to play down their potential involvement in the Chinese melamine scandal, the European Commission says that its existing import rules on the country’s dairy goods remain sufficient.
reports have claimed that a number of countries across Asia, and even the
Final product vigilance
Amidst these concerns, a spokesperson for the European Commission told DairyReporter.com that imports of Chinese milk and other dairy products were not allowed into the bloc due to their lack of an approved residue by the country’s authorities.
The spokesperson claimed that under these regulations, no infant milk powders were presently on the European market, though still it called for vigilance amongst finished product companies.
“With regard to composite products containing milk derived products, it is the responsibility of the food business operators to guarantee the safety of all ingredients and of member states to control,” stated the Commission.
Over the weekend both Nestle and Arla Foods, two of the bloc’s major players in dairy goods manufacture, played up their quality control measures employed through their Chinese joint ventures, in a bid to prevent the chemical appearing in the food chain.
melamine scandal, which has now been linked to kidney problems in thousands of
Chinese children, is alleged to involve a number of dairy groups operating in
Melamine is a chemical that can make it appear there is more protein in a product, and has been linked to causing kidney stones and other health problems.
Sanlu, itself owned partly by New Zealand-based giant Fonterra, says it had purchased the contaminated milk from third-party suppliers, with neither Sanlu or Fonterra employees though to be involved.
Other companies linked to involvement in the contamination have attempted to distance themselves from the scandal though.
Nestle itself has actively denied allegations emerging in Honk Kong that samples of its growing up milk had tested positive for traces of the chemical.
company claimed that it was confident that its product sold
on the Chinese market were melamine free, citing
general terms, melamine is found throughout the food chain across the world in
minute traces which do not represent any health risk for consumers,” the company stated. “There is a generally accepted
tolerable daily intake of melamine in food in the EU (0.5mg/kg of body
weight/day) and in the
Nestle claimed that as part of its general practice, more than 70 safety tests are carried out on infant formula and milk products as a matter of routine.
Arla Foods meanwhile, said that it had itself called for a temporary halt to production facilities related to its joint venture with Mengniu last week, along with removing a ‘limited’ batch of products from shelves.
company added that it was sending analyzing equipment like those used in its
European operations to its Mengniu joint
venture operations before it would again start up production in
milk is tested for many of the same properties that Arla
Foods tests for in
As within the EU, US Authorities have also stressed their belief that no contaminated milk powders are currently thought to be on the market, though it was stepping up its own monitoring precautions, the Associated Press reported.
Over the weekend, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert warning against purchasing milk products from online, the report stated.
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