Infant formula packaged in Malaysia found to have protein and potassium content exceeding the standards of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Issue Date 16.11.2012
Source of Information

Centre for Food Safety

Food Product

Infant Formula

Product Name and Description

Product Name: ORGANIC Echo Brand Les Viva Infant milk powder (for 0 - 12 months)
Distributor/importer: ORGANIC ECHO LIMITED
Net weight: 800 grams
Best before date: September 6, 2013
Batch: CPF0212064

Reason For Issuing Alert

Testing results showed that the concerned infant formula has protein and potassium content exceeding the standards of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Excessive intake of potassium or protein may increase the renal load of infants, posing a health risk to them as their kidney function is not fully developed.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The Centre has informed the concerned distributor/importer the results and learned that the company had imported two batches of the product, but none has been put on sale at the retail outlets. The distributor/importer has already stopped sale of the concerned product and initiated a voluntary recall.

The CFS has also notified the concerned regulatory authorities of the place of manufacturing for their follow-up as required.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected products.

Advice to Consumers

Those who have purchased the concerned product should stop feeding their infants with them and switch to other infant formulae or consider breastfeeding.

If parents who have fed their infants with the products mentioned above have doubts about their infants' health, they should consult medical professionals.

Consumers may call the distributor/importer's hotline: 3542 5626 for enquiries about recall arrangements.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department