Nestle assures safety of milk products

Posted at 09/22/2008 12:50 PM

Nestle Philippines, Inc. assures consumers that all its milk products are safe for consumption amid a health scare regarding milk products from China.

Nestle Philippines Director of Communications Sandra Puno said the raw materials for all its milk products currently manufactured and distributed in the Philippines come from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the Americas.

The company locally produces milk products under the brand names Nido, Bear Brand, Neslac, Nestogen, Nesvita, and Nestle.

Nestle also imports as finished goods NAN 1 from the Netherlands, NAN 2 and 3, from Switzerland, and NAN HW 1 and 2 from Germany.

"Nestle milk products are manufactured under high quality control standards and meet all regulatory standards before they are released to the local market. Nestle thoroughly routinely analyses all raw materials to ensure that they comply with Nestle standards as well as other internationally recognized standards for food quality and safety," Puno said.

Following recent press reports claiming that traces of melamine had been found in a Nestle growing up milk in Hong Kong, Nestle Headquarters in Switzerland said it is confident none of its products in China is made from milk adulterated with melamine.

The Hong Kong Government's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has just released a report declaring that Neslac Gold 1+, which was mentioned in the media reports, is safe and that no melamine was detected in the product.

Neslac Gold 1+ was previously tested by government-approved independent laboratories such as the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre Ltd (18-20 September) and the Food Industry Research and Development in Taiwan (16 September). Neither test detected melamine in the product.

Neslac Gold 1+ from China is not available in the Philippine market.

In general terms, melamine is found throughout the food chain across the world in minute traces which do not represent any health risk for consumers. There is a generally accepted tolerable daily intake of melamine in food in the EU (0.5 mg/kg of body weight/day) and in the US (0.63 mg/kg of body weight/day).

"The safety of our consumers is of utmost importance to us, so once again, we would like to assure our consumers that all our milk products in the Philippines are safe for consumption," Puno said.