Minister: Without proof of contamination, durian coffee won't be recalled
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Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said that evidence suggesting contamination at the production line has yet to surface. â" Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 â" The Health Ministry said today it would not recall from sale a pre-mix durian white coffee that had caused five people to fall sick due to lack of evidence of contamination.
The Star Online reported He alth Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam as saying that evidence suggesting contamination at the production line has yet to surface.
âWe advise people to be careful until the investigation is finalised. There is no immediate intention to withdraw the product from sale nor blame the manufacturer, since we lack stronger incriminating evidence,â he was quoted saying at an event in George Town, Penang.
The ministry reportedly visited the coffee companyâs factory, but found no evidence of drugs in their tests on the products. Police have said the affected coffee sachets may have contained drugs.
Between January 27 and 30, five people ended up receiving treatment at Penang Hospital after consuming the coffee, including two Nepalese guards who were warded due to severe fatigue.
Yesterday, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar reportedly said the sachets had been opened and resealed after tear signs were found on the bottom, adding the resealed sa chets weighed 10g more than the 40g original weight. The substance found within was green in colour, differing from the original product.
In Singapore, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority has recalled the brand as a precautionary measure while the case is pending investigation as it takes samples for food safety tests. Consumers who have purchased the product can return them to their retailers.Source: Google News