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Food Alert - Batches of milk powder recalled by Japanese manufacturer following detection of radioactive substances

Issue Date

2011-12-08

Source of Information

Meiji Dairies Corporation

Food Product

Milk Powder

Product name and Description

Details of the affected products are as follows:

Brand and food name: Meiji Step Milk Powder (For 9 months - 3 years)
Manufacturer: Meiji Dairies Corporation
Place of origin: Japan
Net weight: 850 grams
Best before:
October 4, 2012
October 21, 2012
October 22, 2012
October 24, 2012

The picture shows the concerned product “Meiji Step Milk Powder (For 9 months - 3 years)” but of a different batch.

Reason For Issuing Alert

Batches of the affected milk powder were recalled by its Japanese manufacturer following detection of radioactive substances.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

- The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) met with representatives of importers / distributors and learnt that the affected batches have not been put on sale in the local market.

- The CFS has deployed staff to inspect the retail outlets and has, so far, not found any cans of the affected batches on the shelves.

- The CFS will continue to liaise with the Japanese authorities on the Japan nuclear incident, closely monitor the situation and take appropriate follow-up actions.

Advice to the Trade

- Stop importing or selling the affected products.

Advice to Consumers

- If consumers have bought Meiji milk powder, check the label on the cans to see whether they were the affected batches.

- Patronise reliable shops. If in doubt, ask distributors to have a look at the letter issued by the CFS stating that the concerned Japanese food consignments had passed the CFS' radiation test.

- According to the test results released by Meiji Dairies Corporation, the radiation levels detected in the milk powder concerned were very low and unlikely to cause adverse health effects.

Further Information

The CFS press release

The surveillance results on Japanese food products will continue to be uploaded to the CFS website (www.cfs.gov.hk) on working days.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
2011-12-08

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