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Infant formula brands Wakodo and Morinaga have been collected for testing
PUTRAJAYA: Samples of Japanese manufactured infant formula brands Wakodo and Morinaga have been collected for testing.
The samples will be tested under the Level Five Inspection for iodine content.
Health Ministry Food Safety and Quality Division senior director Noraini Mohd Othman said although the Morinaga infant formula was not imported directly from Japan, samples have been taken for testing for precaution.
“According to the Veterinary Services Department, the Wakodo infant formula is not imported into Malaysia, whereas the Morinaga is.
“However, the Morinaga formula is imported from either the Netherlands or New Zealand and not directly from Japan,” she said in a statement today.
It was reported that Hong Kong has banned both the Wakodo and Morinaga infant formulas due to insufficient iodine which could hinder the development of infants.
The Centre of Food Safety (CFS) Hong Kong found that both the infant formulas contained low levels of iodine that did not meet with the Codex Alimentarius which is an international standard.
According to the Codex, the recommended minimum and maximum iodine content in infant formulas are 10 microgram/100 kilocalorie and 60 microgram/100 kilocalorie.
Noraini said as a precaution, the division has also collected samples of infant formulas in the local market for testing and it will be constantly monitored.
“There is nothing for the public to be afraid of because the ministry and division is always monitoring and carrying out enforcement on issues pertaining to food safety,” she added.