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Monday December 5, 2011

Suppliers ordered to send KR1M products for lab tests

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) management has instructed its suppliers to send their products for periodic laboratory tests.

KR1M said the tests for all 250 1Malaysia products would cost up to RM300,000 and be borne by the suppliers and manufacturers.

“These will not be funded by the Government or NGOs, or by the KR1M management.

“It will be borne by the manufacturers and suppliers, the majority of whom is the rakyat,” it said in a statement yesterday.

KR1M said the labelling and composition of the goods were two factors which could affect any new product.

These would have to be corrected and improved, and not classified as “unsafe” or even harmful.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry announced that 13 1Malaysia products did not comply with Food Regulations 1985, and that it had taken action.

The products are fresh milk, condensed milk, sweetened condensed creamer, oyster sauce, fruit jam, canned chicken curry, mango cordial, ghee compounds, peanuts, creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, crispy peanut butter and tinned sardines in tomato sauce.

KR1M said the non-compliance occurred in product composition and labelling, and not food safety.

It added that such products were identified and the suppliers were advised to correct the error before a review by the ministry.

KR1M also explained that product recalls could happen anywhere in the world, including at established organisations with ISO certification. Bernama

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