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Following the statement issued by the Health Ministry today, that two Cadbury chocolate products contained pig (porcine) DNA, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has suspended with immediate effect the halal certification for the two products, Bernama reported today.
The two products are Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut, with batch number 200813M01H I2 that expires on November 13, 2014 and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond, with batch number 221013N01R I1, that expires on January 15, 2015.
According to Bernama, Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the move was taken based on the Health Ministry's findings.
"Further and thorough investigation will be carried out to determine the actual cause of the contamination of the products," he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.
Othman said Jakim had carried out periodical checks on the product manufacturer on February 20 and found that the company complied with the halal certification standards.
Meanwhile, he called on consumers not to be too worried with the use of Jakim's "halal" logo as constant monitoring was being done from time to time.
"If there is any breach or non-compliance with the halal certification requirements, Jakim has the power to suspend or revoke the halal certification immediately," Bernama quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile, Bernama has reported that Cadbury Confectionery Malaysia has taken immediate action by recalling its two products which were tested positive for traces of pig DNA (porcine).
Its head of cooperate affairs, Raja Zalina Raja Safran, said they were informed that only Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut (with batch number 200813M01H I2 that expires on November 13, 2014) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond (with batch number 221013N01R I1 that expires on January 15, 2015) analysed by the Health Ministry were tested positive for traces of porcine.
"No other Cadbury chocolates are affected by this test," she said in a statement today.
According to Bernama, Cadbury Chocolates wished to reassure consumers that all its products manufactured in Malaysia were halal-certified by Jakim, including the locations and raw materials used in the production of these products.
"We are undertaking a full review of the supply chain to ensure all quality standards continue to be met.
"We employ stringent quality procedures to ensure that our products are of the highest standard of safety and quality," she said. – May 24, 2014.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — The El Nino phenomenon, expected to hit the country from June to December this year, may increase the risk of vector borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam
He said the climate and temperature changes caused by the phenomenon would influence the vector population and behaviour including the virus replication.
“Various studies have shown that the incubation period of the virus reduces in warm temperature as demonstrated in the laboratory experiment which reduced from 12 days at 30 Celsius to 7 days at 32 to 35 Celsius,” he said when addressing the 67th World Health Assembly 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
His speech text was faxed to Bernama today.
The phenomenon is characterised by a band of unusually warm ocean water temperatures that periodically develops off the Pacific coast of South America that could cause extreme weather changes across the Pacific region such as fluctuating droughts, floods and scrappy crop yields in some regions.
Subramaniam said the existence of mosquitoes in new areas had also increased due to global warming and would increase the epidemic potential by 31 to 47 per cent for dengue and 12 to 27 per cent for malaria transmission.
He said although studies linking climate factors with dengue were limited in Malaysia, it was generally accepted that changes in precipitation, ambient temperature and humidity may influence the abundance and distribution of the mosquito vectors.
“Several studies have shown a positive relationship between rainfall and dengue, the timing of rainfall was as important as the amount of rain.
“Warmer temperatures can increase transmission potential by allowing the mosquitoes’ vector to survive and reach maturity much faster and shorten the virus incubation period,” he said.
He said the government had taken firm steps in mitigation and adaptive measures through multi-agency intervention, which also included strengthening existing programme within the ministry.
It included addressing climate sensitive diseases and health conditions such as vector borne, food and water borne disease, sanitary waste disposal, the provision of clean water with high priority to research and development, he said.
“Malaysia has also prepared a plan of action for drought to face the uncertainties that may arrive due to the El Nino phenomenon,” he said. — Bernama
Sunday, May 18, 2014
An integrated operation on the smoking ban in public transport was launched today to ensure full compliance of the ruling among drivers
The operation involved enforcement officers from the Ministry of Health, Royal Malaysian Police, Road Transport Department and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
Deputy Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the operation was also aimed at ensuring all public transport operators would display the "No Smoking" sign inside their respective vehicles, as stipulated under the Control of Tobacco Product Regulations 2004.
"It is also aimed at protecting non-smokers from the hazards of passive smoking," he said in a statement today.
He said those who violated the smoking ban in public transport were liable to a compound of not exceeding RM5,000, a maximum fine of RM10,000 or maximum jail sentence of two years if convicted under the regulations.
Public transport operators who failed to display the no-smoking sign in their vehicles were also liable to a compound of RM1,500, a fine of not exceeding RM3,000 or maximum jail sentence of six months, he added. – Bernama, May 17, 2014.
BALIK PULAU, May 17 — A total of 13,733 dengue cases were reported in Penang between January and yesterday, which was an increase of 178 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said so far, three fatal cases were reported, that is, one case in the North-East district and two cases in Central Seberang Perai.
“The people must not be too dependent on fogging because this is only a temporary measure and will only kill the adult mosquitoes. Members of the public must take their own initiative to destroy the mosquito breeding areas,” he told reporters when observing the 'War Against Aedes' programme at the Balik Pulau Parliamentary Level, here today.
The ‘gotong-royong’ programme was participated by more than 600 villagers including 330 trainees from the National Service Training Programme from the White Camp Resort, Balik Pulau.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya suggested that the people spent some time daily to inspect stagnant water especially in hidden areas because mosquito larvae could breed in water that was less than five milimetres deep and could last up to six months if not destroyed.
He said that on average, 1,200 dengue cases were reported nationwide each week compared with 2,000 cases last year. — Bernama
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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The Health Ministry will be increasing water testing at treatment plants in Selangor to ensure water supplied to consumers is not polluted by dangerous substances and is safe for consumption.
Health Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said under normal procedure, the testing frequency to check for chemicals and metals was once a month, but now it would be done once a week.
“If the Selangor government’s decision to draw raw water from ex-mining pools is continued, we will step up testing to ensure the water supplied meets the Health Ministry’s standards,” he said here today.
He was responding to a front page report in a local daily today, which among others, had alluded that water from the former mining pools was not safe for consumption.
Subramaniam said according to sampling done two weeks ago, treated water in Selangor was determined to be safe for consumption and did not contain any dangerous elements.
He also urged the Department of Environment (DOE) and Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (Luas) to do continuous checks on the contents of raw water and to issue warnings if there were adverse changes in the water quality.
“The cooperation of all agencies responsible is important to ensure raw water drawn and treated water are safe.
“If the ministry finds that raw water sourced in Selangor is unsafe, the state government will be asked to stop drawing the water from those sources.”
Monday, May 05, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: The Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2013 will only be enforced after the process of formulating regulations on traditional and complementary medicine now in the final stage is completed.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said the ministry would continue to obtain the views of interested parties to enhance the act which had been gazetted at Dewan Rakyat in February last year following a public campaign.
“Besides ensuring the quality, safety and efficacy of such medical services, continuous improvement of the law will also raise the professionalism of such medical practitioners,” he said in his winding-up speech for his ministry at the Senate here yesterday.
While awaiting its enforcement date, Subramaniam said the ministry had appointed practitioners in eight areas to represent their fields of practice identified and conducted self-supervision based on practice and ethical code developed by the ministry and the constitutions of the bodies concerned.
He said the six main fields of practice under traditional and complementary medicine were Malay traditional medicine, Indian traditional medicine, Chinese traditional medicine, Islamic medicine, homeopathy and therapy.
“When the act comes into effect, all traditional and complementary medicine practitioners are required to registered with the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Council,” he said. — Bernama