Kementerian Kesihatan jamin susu 1Malaysia selamat diminum

20 Mei 2012, Ahad

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0520&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_23.htm

BENTONG 20 Mei – Pelajar dan rakyat negara ini tidak perlu bimbang mengenai kualiti susu yang dibekalkan ke sekolah menerusi Program Susu 1Malaysia kerana minuman itu dijamin selamat.

Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, kementerian itu sentiasa melakukan pemantauan menerusi Jabatan Keselamatan Makanan, bagi memastikan susu yang dibekalkan mematuhi syarat yang ditetapkan.

Bagaimanapun, tempat penyimpanan yang tidak sesuai di sekolah mungkin menjadi punca kualiti sesetengah susu yang dibekalkan terjejas sehingga menyebabkan pelajar mengalami cirit-birit, katanya kepada pemberita, di sini hari ini.

“Pihak Kementerian Kesihatan dan Kementerian Pelajaran sedang bekerjasama untuk menangani masalah ini terutamanya bagi menyediakan tempat penyimpanan susu yang lebih selamat di sekolah,” katanya yang ditemui selepas merasmikan Karnival Jelajah Sihat Peringkat Kebangsaan.

Beliau mengulas kes beberapa pelajar di negeri ini mengalami cirit-birit, dipercayai selepas meminum susu di bawah Program Susu 1Malaysia.

Mengulas lanjut, Liow berkata, secara keseluruhannya kes keracunan makanan murid sekolah rendah akibat susu 1Malaysia adalah kecil berbanding yang disebabkan oleh penyediaan makanan kurang bersih di kantin.

Mengenai perkara berbeza, Liow berharap pihak berkuasa tempatan memastikan kutipan sampah dibuat mengikut jadual bagi membantu menghapuskan tempat pembiakan nyamuk aedes.

Katanya, usaha membasmi wabak denggi di seluruh negara belum mencapai kejayaan sekalipun pelbagai usaha dilakukan agensi kerajaan termasuk kementeriannya.

“Kes denggi negara kita sehingga hari ini telah mencecah 9,500 kes yang mengakibatkan 20 kematian berbanding 7,800 dalam tempoh yang sama tahun lalu yang mencatatkan 12 kematian.

“Bagi memerangi denggi tahun ini, Kementerian Kesihatan akan melancarkan kempen yang bertemakan “Tiada Tempat Pembiakan Nyamuk Aedes, Tiada Denggi,” katanya. – BERNAMA

No free milk for now

Posted on April 6, 2012, Friday

by Jonathan Chiareporters@theborneopost.com.

HOW ARE YOU?: State deputy police commissioner Datuk Law Hong Soon welcomes Fatimah upon her arrival for the briefing.

Food poisoning results in halting of milk distribution in three schools

KUCHING: The Education Department has ordered three schools in the state to stop distributing milk to pupils following food poisoning cases attributed to the milk at the end of last month.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the directive had been issued to SK Sacred Heart, Semaba; SK Temenggong, Padawan; and SK Koran, Serian.

“The measure to stop distributing milk to the students is just a temporary measure while awaiting the results of the investigation on the food poisoning, which is believed to be from the milk, which was distributed to the students,” she told a press conference after attending a briefing on violence against women and children at the state police headquarters yesterday.

Fatimah said the first case of food poisoning on March 28 at SK Sacred Heart involved 44 pupils, while on March 30, a total of 50 pupils were affected at SK Temenggong and 113 affected at SK Koran.

She advised schools to follow a standard operating procedure when distributing milk to avoid future cases of food poisoning.

This included checking the milk’s expiry dates as soon as they receive the supply and to ensure that the milk is properly stored to maintain freshness.

“We also hope that the teachers who distribute the milk to the students ensure that the students finish the milk and not keep it so that food poisoning will not happen,” she said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/04/06/no-free-milk-for-now/#ixzz1rbiDosvT

66 murid di Pulau Pinang alami keracunan makanan

Rabu , 28 Mac 2012

GEORGETOWN: Seramai 66 murid Sekolah Kebangsaan Mutiara Perdana di Bayan Lepas dekat sini mengalami keracunan makanan selepas meminum susu soya yang dibekalkan sebuah syarikat pengeluar minuman tempatan pagi tadi.

Kesemua murid tersebut kemudiannya di bawa ke Hospital Pulau Pinang, Hospital Bayan Lepas dan Hospital Bayan Baru dan dirawat sebagai pesakit luar.

Seorang murid, J Thanighesh, 12, berkata susu itu berasa sedikit masam dan berbau aneh.

“Saya rasa pening dan loya selepas meminumnya sedikit, jadi saya terus buang ke dalam tong sampah,” katanya mengenai kejadian itu yang berlaku kira-kira jam 10 pagi tadi.

Pengarah Pelajaran Negeri, Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin yang meninjau sekolah berkenaan berkata, pihaknya menarik balik kebenaran yang diberikan kepada syarikat itu untuk membekalkan susu di seluruh Pulau Pinang berkuat kuasa serta merta. – BERNAMA

Lactose factor in milk saga

Sunday December 18, 2011

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/12/18/education/10108676&sec=education

By Tan Ee Loo
educate@thestar.com.my

SCHOOLCHILDREN who have been ill after consuming milk given out under the Education Ministry’s 1Malaysia School Milk programme may be lactose intolerant.

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad head of corporate communications Jad Mahidin said that based on previous cases, the symptoms might have been not because of food poisoning but due to the fact that they may be lactose intolerant.

“From our interviews conducted with students, parents and teachers, we are inclined to think that many of the affected pupils did not have breakfast before coming to school and they consumed the milk on an empty stomach,” she told StarEducate.

(People with lactose intolerance are unable to digest the lactose because of the lack of the lactase enzyme in the body. It means that the body cannot digest foods with lactose in them. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk. After consuming foods with lactose one may feel sick and the symptoms may include flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.)

One up: Muhyiddin flanked by Wester and Johannis (right).

Jad said that most of them were from rural areas and had never or rarely consumed milk in their daily diet.

In some cases, she said, the children had oily and spicy food prior to consuming the milk which could have also resulted in a tummy upset.

The cases reported in schools could have also happened as a result of what she described as “herd mentality”.

“When one child is not feeling well, other children also feel unwell and complain of similar symptoms as well,” she said.

When asked about previous cases of children feeling unwell after consuming the milk given out under the 1Malaysia School Milk programme, Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Anders Wester said there was no official report to suggest that the quality of the milk was substandard.

“To our knowledge, there is no fact or scientific data that says there’s something wrong with the milk. There could be various contributing factors. One of them is because some children could be lactose intolerant,” he said at a press conference after a signing ceremony to mark the company’s collaboration with Hybrid Allied Sdn Bhd on Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was also present at the event.

“If you are not used to drinking milk, and you suddenly make a habit of consuming it, you may react to it differently. Some people may feel nauseous.”

“Based on our experience of running the feeding programme around the world, where we do five billion packs of school milk every year, all these packets have been consumed without any problems.

“I can assure you that our technology and processes are in order and we provide safe products,” he said.

For children who are lactose intolerant, Wester said the key factor was to start by taking only a small amount of milk.

“You don’t consume the full packet the first time. You take just a little bit, then you gradually increase the intake because if you have never consumed it before, your body will need time to adapt to lactose,” he said.

Hybrid Allied Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Johannis Al-Arif Ibrahim said students were required to inform teachers if they had never or rarely consumed milk in their diet.

“At ground level, we will identify those who have and haven’t taken milk before.

“Students who have not consumed milk before will be asked to drink half the packet or just a few sips,” he said.

The school milk programme was suspended in August 2007, following cases of children complaining of abdominal aches.

It was then revived and re-branded as the 1Malaysia Milk Programme in Sept 2010 and launched in Sabah.

However, it did not take off until early this year.

In Sept 2011, Muhyiddin had said the Government would continue with its milk distribution programme to schools.

He was quoted as saying cases of schoolchildren falling sick after consuming the milk could have been due to poor storage or allergic reactions.

Bekalkan susu berkualiti ke sekolah

14 Disember 2011, Rabu

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2011&dt=1214&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_03.htm

 

Oleh MOHD. ASRON MUSTAPHA
mohdasron.mustapha@utusan.com.my

 

MUHYIDDIN Yassin melihat susu 1Malaysia sambil menerima penerangan daripada Andres Wester (kiri) dan Johannis Al-Arif Ibrahim selepas majlis menandatangani MoU diantara Hybrid Allied Sdn. Bhd. dan Tetra Pak (M) Sdn. Bhd. di Hotel Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR 13 Dis. – Hybrid Allied Sdn. Bhd. dan Tetra Pak (M) Sdn. Bhd. hari ini menandatangani kerjasama bagi membekalkan susu berkualiti untuk Program Susu Sekolah 1Malaysia di wilayah utara tanah air.

Tetra Pak merupakan sebuah syarikat antarabangsa yang menjadi pemain utama dalam bidang pembungkusan inovatif bagi meningkatkan kualiti sesuatu produk khususnya yang berkait dengan industri tenusu.

Melalui perjanjian berkenaan Tetra Pak akan menyediakan sokongan teknikal kepada Hybrid Allied bagi memastikan semua susu yang dibekalkan syarikat itu mematuhi standard yang ditetapkan Kementerian Pelajaran.

Perjanjian tersebut disaksikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang juga Menteri Pelajaran.

Menurut Pengarah Urusan Hybrid Allied, Datuk Johannis Al-Arif Ibrahim, dengan kepakaran teknikal dan pengalaman Tetra Pak, pihaknya yakin murid sekolah rendah akan dapat menikmati susu berkualiti sekaligus membantu perkembangan mental dan fizikal mereka.

“Melalui kerjasama ini, kami akan menggunakan kaedah pembungkusan dan pemproses susu termoden berdasarkan kepakaran Tetra Pak dan ini memberi kelebihan untuk kami membekal susu berkualiti,” katanya di sini hari ini.

Dalam pada itu, Pengarah Urusan Tetra Pak, Andres Wester berkata, selain menawarkan kepakaran dan pengamalan kepada Hybrid Allied, pihaknya juga turut menyediakan pakej latihan bagi memastikan standard kualiti dikekalkan.

Jelasnya, dengan pengalaman menyediakan perkhidmatan yang sama kepada lebih 50 buah negara lain, pihaknya yakin Hybrid Allied akan menjadi peneraju utama dalam dalam membekal produk tenusu di negara ini.

24 fall ill after drinking milk

Thursday, November 03, 2011

By Nadia Badarudin
nadia@nst.com.my

Medical officers taking statements from  SK Seri Bakti pupils at  Kuala Nerang Hospital yesterday.  — NST picture by Shahrizal Md Noor

Medical officers taking statements from SK Seri Bakti pupils at Kuala Nerang Hospital yesterday. — NST picture by Shahrizal Md Noor

ALOR STAR:Twenty-four pupils of SK Seri Bakti in Kuala Nerang, near here, were rushed to Kuala Nerang Hospital after they were down with suspected food poisoning yesterday.

The pupils, 16 girls and 8 boys, aged between eight and 11, were believed to have drank the milk at 7.40am before suffering bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting at 9.15am.

The students were given the milk under the 1Malaysia school milk programme.
The pupils were sent to the hospital in several cars by their teachers. Four girls and four boys were warded. They were reported to be in a stable condition.

State Education Department director Mansor Lat said the 24 pupils were part of 136 needy students given the milk under the nationwide free milk scheme.

“The fresh batch of milk supply was given to the 136 students.
“Unfortunately, 24 fell ill. I don’t think the milk was contaminated, but we are investigating the matter.”

Meanwhile, state Health Department director Dr Ismail Abu Taat said his officers were responsible to ensure that the milk under the programme was distributed in accordance with food safety standards.

“We will take y action if the students fell sick because of contaminated milk.”
The programme involves milk distribution to 1.4 million poor children in more than 7,000 selected primary schools throughout the country.

Milk programme back in schools

Monday, October 24, 2011

 (From left)  Ahmad Azman Sharif of Konsuma, Hanna Moo of SID, and Ng Boon Leong and Rohana Safinah from Dutch Lady. — Picture by  Rohanis Abdul Shukri

(From left) Ahmad Azman Sharif of Konsuma, Hanna Moo of SID, and Ng Boon Leong and Rohana Safinah from Dutch Lady. — Picture by Rohanis Abdul Shukri

PETALING JAYA:Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd (Dutch Lady) has assured that the milk distributed under the 1Malaysia School Milk Programme is safe for students.

“The milk to be distributed to schools in rural and urban areas will be monitored,” said Dutch Lady corporate affairs manager Rohana Safinah Abdul Hamid.

She said that the distribution covers 1.4 million children from around 7,703 selected primary schools in the country, including in Sabah and Sarawak.
When asked why the national milk programme was temporarily suspended in 2007 she said it was because they wanted to enhance the milk programme and not due the food poisoning cases among the students, which was speculated.

“Now that the ministry has brought the programme back, the teachers in schools have been given talks on how to prevent the milk from being contaminated,” she said after a recent educational tour of the UHT Milk Processing Plant at the Dutch Lady Building in Jalan Semangat here for members of the media.

“Ideally, we want to help feed all the children as milk provides nutrients for the children. Besides, our supplier Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd assured us that each milk packet has six layers of cover to ensure its safety.”
Meanwhile, Tetra Pak’s quality management expert Rina Yeo said the milk will be tested first to see whether or not it meets the ministry’s safety control system before it is distributed.

She added that there are several ways to prevent the milk from being contaminated, which includes proper storage. – By C. Premananthini