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I don't blame anyone in Singapore for being a little confused about what is safe to eat/drink and what is not during the current tainted-milk scandal. I am more than a little confused and concerned myself. It is all well and good to avoid milk products from China, but how can we be sure that Malaysian and Indonesian products don't contain ingredients from China?

There has been a list circulating of around 30 products which have been recalled. This list includes Oreo wafer sticks, Magnum icecream, Dove milk chocolate, M&M chocolate (plain and peanut), Mentos yoghurt bottle, and Snickers peanut. From what I understand, these products don't necessarily contain melanine, but are being recalled as a precaution because they contain milk products from China.

According to the AVA (Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority) Melamine has only been detected in 8 products imported from China. These are:
  1. Yi Li Choice Dairy Fruit Bar Yogurt Flavoured Ice Confection
  2. Dutch Lady Strawberry Flavoured Milk
  3. White Rabbit Creamy Candy
  4. Dutch Lady Banana Flavoured Milk
  5. Dutch Lady Honeydew Flavoured Milk
  6. Silang - House of Steamed Potato - Potato Cracker
  7. 徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Butter Corn Flavour
  8. 徐 福 记 Puffed Rice Rolls - Cheese Flavour

This is what their website states..."Since 19 Sep 08, AVA has suspended the import and sale of all milk and milk products from China. These products include milk, ice-cream, yoghurt, confectionery such as chocolates, biscuits and sweets as well as any other products containing milk from China as an ingredient.... As a precaution, consumers are also advised not to consume any milk or milk products from China."

But they do not want such statements to create fear and panic and "would like to reassure the public that the risk to Singaporeans is low... The levels [of melamine] are much lower than those found in China, and are thus less likely to result in adverse health effects".

AVA also assures us that there is no import of infant formula from China into Singapore. Infant formulas sold in Singapore are safe for consumption. Well that's a relief! I just wish more babies were breast-fed, especially in developing countries. This would eliminate any health risk and avoid becoming dependant on rich immoral companies.


Anonymous said... @ September 26, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Can we trust this safe list when its just warranties (guarantees) from the milk product companies and not actual lab tests certification ??? read here

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