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Dangerous Lead in Preserved Fruits From China

Dangerous Lead in Preserved Fruits From China

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Published by: ismail, mf on Oct 09, 2009
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The sale of 18 types of dried plum and prune from China, Taiwan and other Asiancountries has been restricted by the Health Ministry after high degrees of lead wasdetected.The foodstuff - known as
asam
or 
 jeruk 
in Malay and kiam sui tee (salty, sour and sweet)in Hokkien which are immensely popular as tidbits among Malaysians - has been put onLevel 5 alert by the ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division under its FoodInformation System of Malaysia.This means that the division would hold the products for testing and would only releasethem for sale if they pass the test.The highest alert level of 6 involves an immediate rejection of a product.Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said for the moment, dried fruit products byother manufacturers and distributors would be permitted to be sold locally.“If these 18 products are found in the local market, they will be seized and sampled for lead analysis,” he told reporters after launching the ministry’s management conferencehere yesterday.

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