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Friday, October 24, 2008

Malaysian made Biscuits affected by Melamine

From AVA:

Other than the affected products from China, melamine has been
detected in 17 biscuit products from Malaysia. Test results for the rest of the
imported biscuits, including those from Malaysia, were satisfactory. The
affected Malaysian-made biscuits are:
i) Julie’s Golden Kaka Crackers (11.8-12.8 ppm of melamine detected)

ii) Julie’s Wheat Crackers (4.9-23.4 ppm of melamine detected)
iii) Julie’s Cottage Crackers (Vegetable Yeast Cracker) (0.6-10.8 ppm of melamine detected)
iv) Julie’s Cottage Crackers (Original Yeast Cracker) (10.6 ppm of melamine detected)
v) Julie’s Chez Creamy Cheese Sandwich (172.4 ppm of melamine detected)
vi) Julie’s Sugar Crackers (extra flaky) (18.8 ppm of melamine detected)
vii) Julie’s Waferico Chocolate Coated Wafers with Chocolate Cream Filling (Not Detected - 16.0 ppm of melamine detected)
viii) Julie’s Cream Crackers (33.8 ppm of melamine detected)
ix) Julie’s Minico Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies (20.0 ppm of melamine detected)
x) Julie’s Peanut Butter Sandwich (0.7-12.6 ppm of melamine detected)
xi) Julie’s Cocoro Crispy Chocolate Wafer Rolls with Vanilla Filling (8.04 ppm of melamine detected)
xii) Julie’s Le-Mond Puff Sandwich with Lemon Flavoured Cream (Not Detected - 10.5 ppm of melamine detected)
xiii) Khong Guan Assorted Biscuits (5.4-6.6 ppm of melamine detected)
xiv) Khian Guan Biscuit Osborne (5.3 - 10.8 ppm of melamine detected)
xv) Leo Gold Finger Choco (0.6 - 6.2 ppm of melamine detected)
xvi) Santa Chocolate Gold Fingers (0.7 - 50.8 ppm of melamine detected)
xvii) Swan Chocolate Fingers (4.2 - 12.3 ppm of melamine detected)
Importers and retailers are required to withdraw the affected Malaysian made
biscuits from sale with immediate effect. As 12 of the 17 products are “Julie’s” brand of biscuits, as a precautionary measure, all “Julie’s” brand biscuits are also required to be withdrawn from sale.

AVA advises consumers who have bought the implicated products not to
consume them.

All the 17 affected products will be destroyed under AVA’s supervision.

Ammonium bicarbonate, an approved food additive, had been implicated
in melamine contamination in Malaysian-made biscuits. Hence, in addition to
intensified checks on biscuits, AVA has also tested for melamine contamination
in the raising agents (ammonium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate) used by
biscuit manufacturers in Singapore. Checks have found that the raising agents
used in Singapore for manufacturing of biscuits are of food grade standard and
are not contaminated with melamine.

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