Authorities to control foodstuffs containing Chinese milk

30.9.2008

<div>Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has requested municipal control authorities to carry out inspections to find out if foodstuffs containing Chinese milk are marketed in Finland. The inspections will primarily focus on so-called ethnical stores. Products intended for children's consumption (cookies, chocolate and fudge) will especially be inspected and it will also be verified that no foodstuffs under import embargo (milk, milk powder or infant formulae) are being marketed. Product samples will be taken for analysis. Evira will publish the results of the inspections and the analyses. If the analysed products are found to contain melamine in excess of 2.5 mg/kg, the products will be withdrawn from the market and destroyed.</div>

The EU Commission has asked the member states to verify the conformity of foodstuffs containing Chinese milk that are already on the market.

According to the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority EFSA, melamine in food containing both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin does not exceed the tolerable daily intake for adults or children at average consumption. However, at high consumption the maximum intake may be exceeded for children and result in potential health effects.

Foodstuffs containing Finnish milk can be consumed freely. The import of Chinese milk and milk powder into EU region is prohibited, which means that they are not used as raw materials, either.

No reports of melamine found in Chinese foodstuffs have been received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) implemented within EU.

The Customs will intensify the control of imported Chinese food.

For more information, please contact: Pirkko Kostamo, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24236 or Ulla Karlström, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24288

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