Vietnam is the latest country to zero in on the global melamine contamination problem which started in China. Its government pledged to closely observe the milk industry, milk testing procedures and restore supply of safe milk products.
It has so far discovered melamine in 24 separate products imported into Vietnam, making up one percent of Vietnam’s total food imports. 380 tons of milk powder imported from China has also been contaminated by melamine.
Inspection have sealed off 143.5 tonnes of liquid milk, 240 tonnes of milk powder and cream powder and 0.5 tonnes of biscuits and candies contaminated with melamine, in addition to 274 tonnes of suspect milk.
Milk contaminated by melamine has been deadly leading to the deaths of several babies and inflicting more than 54,000 others in China.
The Vietnamese government is taking its cue from international organizations like World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) which had recently released a joint statement that reiterated melamine is not an approved substance in food.
Meanwhile, the 9th meeting of health ministers from 10 ASEAN member countries in Manila between 8 to 11 October 2008, also absolutely prohibit the use of melamine.
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