Monday, June 11, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has urged milk manufacturers and distributors to pay more attention to storage to avoid food poisoning at schools.
Deputy minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said distributors should be cautious as improper handling would pose a health risk to students who consumed the contaminated milk in schools.
“So far, milk production is done well but the handling from factory to schools is the part we are worried about,” she told the New Straits Times yesterday.
She was responding to the temporary suspension of milk to schools under the Mat Pintar Programme in Kota Kinabalu effective last month.
On May 18, 44 pupils of SJKC Lok Yuk in Menggatal and eight others from SK St Francis Convent were reported to have suffered stomach ache after consuming milk under the programme during recess.
Investigations at the affected schools revealed that the milk had been mishandled during distribution as evidenced from damaged cartons. Rosnah said based on laboratory results, microorganisms were detected in four out of 43 samples of milk.
“We have instructed the supplier to recall all the affected milk and urged distributors to exercise more caution while handling the products.”
She added that to ensure the safety of the milk under the Mat Pintar Programme, the ministry would strengthen control measures along the supply chain.