Nestle: Dairy Pdts In Saudi Arabia Absolutely Safe

(Dow Jones Newswires Switzerland)

 

Swiss food giant Nestle SA (NESN.VX) said Wednesday all its dairy products sold in Saudi Arabia are absolutely safe, in a response to earlier comments from the food and drugs regulator there, that it had found "highly harmful" traces of the chemical melamine.

 

All Nestle dairy products sold in Saudi Arabia - just as anywhere else in the world - are absolutely safe for consumption. No Nestle product is made from milk adulterated with melamine.

 

On 18 October 2008, the Saudi Arabian authorities requested a precautionary trade withdrawal of milk products made in China, awaiting analytical results. In accordance with Nestle's Corporate Business Principles, the company immediately complied with the authorities' request and organized a trade withdrawal of Nesvita Pro Bones Low Fat.

 

On 3 December 2008, the Saudi Arabian authorities said they found traces of melamine in the already withdrawn Nesvita Pro Bones Low Fat. The product, which is not available on the market anymore, was tested by Nestle as well as by an accredited independent laboratory previously. The results were well below the limits defined by a number of governments, including Canada, New Zealand, the European Union, and by international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Nestle reiterates that these products are absolutely safe for consumption. In 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 safety and quality of its products is a nonnegotiable priority for Nestle. 12-03-08

 

 

 

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