Notice issued to recall and test dairy products produced before Sept. 14
2008-10-17

  An emergency notice was issued jointly by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine(AQSIQ), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT), Ministry of Commerce(MOC), Ministry of Health(MOH), State Administration for Industry and Commerce(SAIC), and State Food And Drug Administration(SFDA) on Oct. 13, requiring that dairy-producing businesses should check and test all dairy products made before Sept. 14 in line with the temporary restrictions on melamine level. Another notice issued by the six ministerial departments on Oct. 11 had already ordered all supermarkets, shops and grocery stores nationwide to immediately take off shelves and stop selling all milk powder and liquid milk produced before Sept. 14, regardless of brand or batch, and seal them off for manufactures to carry out batch-by-batch inspection. These products can enter the market again only after they undergo quality tests, prove to be in compliance with melamine limit requirement, and are labeled with safety mark on their package.

The notice said businesses must check and test each batch of products, including infant formula, ordinary milk powder, other milk powder formula, and liquid milk, produced before that date or without undergoing batch-by-batch inspection. If such products have entered the market for sale, businesses should carry out full-scaled inspection and batch-by-batch testing.

Milk distributors selling pre-Sept. 14 products should claim from the manufacturers the inspection report for the related batch, and verify the safety mark labeled, while products made after Sept. 14 and proved to meet the melamine restrictions in batch-by-batch testing don’t need to be labeled with the safety mark. Those that fail the requirement for melamine content must be immediately recalled, sealed off and treated innocuously.