Thursday, May 31, 2012
PENAMPANG: The Health Ministry has issued a temporary stop order on the distribution of milk in all schools in Sabah following the recent food poisoning incidents involving schoolchildren.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said schools in the state should adhere to the instruction until investigations carried out by the ministry’s Food Quality and Safety Division were concluded.
“The distribution of milk to schools in Sabah must be stopped until we get official results from the division. Since it’s a school break time, distribution of milk is a non-issue,” Rosnah said at the launch of traditional sport games in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival 2012 by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman here yesterday.
On May 18, 44 pupils of SJKC Lok Yuk in Menggatal, near here, and eight others from SK St Francis Convent, were reported to have suffered stomachache after consuming milk during recess.
Rosnah, who is also Papar member of parliament, also sought the cooperation from schools in the state to lodge reports immediately to the state Health Department if similar incidents occurred.
“At the moment, such incidents occurred only at the two schools.”
Rosnah said she believed the milk storage aspect could be the contributing factor to the incidents.
“I would like to call on the manufacturer and distributor to pay more attention to the storage of milk.” Bernama