Don’t panic over fake baby formula, parents urged

JOHOR BARU: Parents are being advised not to panic following the seizure of 210 boxes of suspected fake baby formula, said State Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

Besides the case in August, he said there had been no other incidents of toddlers falling ill and vomiting after consuming fake formula.

Ayub urged parents to wait for the Chemistry Department report on the fake formula, which is expected to be completed next week.

He said there were also no reports of babies falling ill after taking infant formula prepared by nurses at all public hospitals and health clinics in Johor.

“These hospitals and clinics get their baby formula from a supplier appointed by the Health Ministry,” he added.

Ayub also hoped the state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK)would check infant milk formula sold at drug stores and convenience stores in other districts in Johor.

In Pagoh, State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said traders and companies faced hefty fines and jail if caught selling fake products.

He said companies could be fined up to RM15,000 for the first offence and up to RM30,000 for subsequent offences under the Trade Act 2011.

Meanwhile, individuals could face fines of up to RM10,000 for the first offence, up to RM20,000 for subsequent offences and a maximum of five years’ jail.