The Health Ministry has declared the 1 Malaysia milk products safe for public consumption and blamed Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for “confusing” the public on the matter.
DAP’s Tony Pua recently claimed the 1 Malaysia Growing Up Milk Powder did not contain at least 15 of the legally required nutrients and carried 6,012 international units (IU) of Vitamin A per 100kcal — 802 per cent above the permissible limit.
He had also claimed earlier this month that tests by two certified laboratories had detected the presence of E. coli and a higher than permitted amount of coliform in the own-brand fresh milk sold at Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia outlets.
Strains of E. coli can cause food poisoning if ingested by humans.
“We have verified and analysed the product for its Vitamin A levels and found that it carried 3240 I.U./ 100g, which is not above the 5,000 I.U.
“The claims by some people that the milk contains an excess of Vitamin A is not true,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (picture) told reporters.
Liow also said six other Kedai 1 Malaysia products had been tested and one of them – Sos Tiram 1 Malaysia had failed to abide by the standard protein level permitted.
“I would like to ask for Tony Pua’s cooperation. If there is any product which he has doubts on, he should send it to the ministry for checks, he cannot take action on his own because he is not an expert in it,” added Liow.
Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have accused the government of taking advantage of the poor by selling them “substandard products” at Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia, launched in June by Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The prime minister launched the first of three shops now operating in the Klang Valley in response to rising inflation, which hit a two-year high of 3.5 per cent that same month.
Kedai Rakyat offers 250 generic products like rice, oil, flour, bread, eggs, milk powder and diapers at prices 30 to 40 per cent lower than market rates, as well as branded goods.
The government plans to set up more outlets in other locations, similar to the 1 Malaysia clinics the Najib administration has established in states like Sabah and Sarawak.
Under his ministry, his incompetent agencies got our seafood banned from the EU due to poor sanitation standards. Imagine, Bangladesh is allowed to export seafood to EU, and we sill cannot.This minister is not doing his work to help the industry, and improve his imcompetent agencies that caused the problem.
Now he tells us the milk is good. Wonderful, I want to see him drink the milk everyday as it's good for him, it's good for the kids. This Health Minister is as incompetent as the DPM.
Even BN supporters would seriously think twice about buying things like milk from KR1M. As parents they would be aware of the risks.
And this is the same guy who shamelessly said that the police did not shoot tear gas into Tung Shin hospital!
Need I say more with regard to his credibility?
Any concern parent will not dare to buy any of the Milk powder from KR1M except for the poor families and those who really cannot afford to buy the branded ones. As far as I know, KR1M is definitely not doing any national service for the nation as they too are out to profit from this venture.
My key concern is that how much nutrients can you really put into the product since it is sold so cheap. Take a look at what happened to China's milk powder back in 2008, the Chinese gomen had controlled the ceiling price and the smart alecs suppliers had used melamine as a replacement. The parallel may not be drawn here but definitely the product sold in KR1M is not functionable enough, nutritional or of good quality although it is probably still safe for human consumption.