Contaminated milk powder not sold in Malaysia, says health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry has clarified that the Malaysian-made infant formula reportedly withdrawn from the Singapore market is not sold in the Malaysian market.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Dumex Mamil Gold-Step 1 formula was produced for export to Singapore.

In a statement yesterday, he said the ministry noted the withdrawal of the milk powder based on the report by Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority that the product was contaminated with Cronobacter sakazakii.

“The infant milk formula product involved was in the 850g tin with the batch number 09117R1 and the expiry date of Sept 11 2019.

“Cronobacter sakazakii is found in the surrounding environment and can live in dry condition such as infant milk formula. Even though infection is rare, it may cause meningitis or sepsis which can be fatal to newborn babies,” he said.

Members of the public can forward their enquiries on food safety to any health office or department, or via the ministry’s website at http://moh.spab.gov.my.