Thursday, October 16, 2008

Malaysia biscuits recalled

Khong Guan and Khian Guan brand biscuits have been found to contain excessive levels of melamine.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said 18 out of the 47 products produced by the two manufacturers contained more than the permissible level of melamine, which is 2.5mg/kg or 2.5 parts per million (ppm). Manufacturers had been instructed to recall all 18 biscuit products from the market and further requested that they voluntarily recall the rest of the products (the remaining 29).

The ministry had traced the source of the melamine to ammonium bicarbonate, the leveling agent used. The ammonium bicarbonate used by both manufacturers was from China. As such, the import of ammonium bicarbonate from China was banned, placing the substance under Level 6 Examination (Auto Rejection), while ammonium bicarbonate from other countries is placed under Level 4 Examination (Surveillance Examination).

Check at Khong Guan website for the list of the products.

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