FDA takes stringent measures to test Chinese produced dairy productsSeptember 22nd, 2008 - 9:42 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Deputy Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmacist Manit Arunakul (มานิตย์ อรุณากูร) revealed that the FDA has taken precautions following reports that melamine contamination in milk caused the death of 4 infants in China along with 6,000 cases of illness. The FDA has ordered all dairy products from China to be seized and quarantined as tests are conducted. Only after clearing contamination tests will the products be allowed into the Thai market.
The FDA revealed however, that most dairy products in the country originate from Europe, New Zealand and Australia, with only a small portion being imported from China. A limited amount of imports were brought in earlier this year with no reports of contamination. The FDA however is taking necessary steps and will test samples from factories that handled the dairy products from the 17th of September onward. Test results will be available on the 23rd of September.
The FDA Deputy Secretary-General affirmed that citizens can feel safe about consuming products in the market as they have been tested and because most products in the market at the moment are not from China.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand