Baby formula scandal
Glad to hear that at last Brunei has banned the selling of all China-made milk products and dairy items in light of the baby formula scandal. I am sure that consumers would welcome a swift move in matters like this. It’s been a week that this news has surfaced but its only today that we take action.
The Quality Control & Food Safety Division in its press release said the milk foods were recalled after some products were found contaminated with the deadly Melamine, an industrial chemical used to make Melamine Resin to manufacture plastic, gum and paper.
Last week, the contamination has spread from the baby food formula to liquid milk, ice cream and yoghurt. Some of the superstitious has linked this scandal to that of the post-Olympics. For the Olympics and Paralympics, which ended last Wednesday, China came up with six cuddly fuwa, or mascots. But each has become associated in the public mind with recent troubles in the country.
One fuwa is a panda, the symbol of Sichuan, which was struck by an earthquake. Another resembles a torch, which is said to represent the protests against the international Olympic torch relay. A Tibetan antelope is seen as a symbol of the unrest in that region in March; a swallow that looks like a kite has been linked to a deadly train crash in Shandong province; and a fish was taken to represent widespread flooding in southern and central China. The sixth fuwa, devised for the Paralympics, is a cow. To many, the link to the milk scandal is clear.
Anyway, I feel sorry for those parents whose children have suffered as a result of the scandal. The latest report said that four babies have died as a result and another 40,000 hospitalised nationwide. A toddler from Hong Kong has also died and this is the first case of the scandal to happen outside the mainland.
I pray that Brunei will be safe-guarded from such misfortunes, amin.