Put people’s safety first –Roxas
Roxas, also the Liberal Party president and one of the possible aspirants in the 2010 presidential race, called on the Department of Trade and Industry to inspect all retail outlets and to ensure that tainted milk coming from China is not being sold. He added that DTI should tap the support of local governments and the police in the immediate recall of these products.
“Mas mabuti na kung magkamali man tayo, magkamali na tayo na nasa sigurado tayo, na nasa ligtas tayo. Kaysa magpapasok tayo ng gatas na kontaminado,”
“Mas mabuti na kung magkamali man tayo, magkamali na tayo na nasa sigurado tayo, na nasa ligtas tayo. Kaysa magpapasok tayo ng gatas na kontaminado,” Roxas said in a nationwide radio interview.
The Bureau of Food and Drugs, he said, should take the lead since it is the agency equipped to inspect the safety of milk and other food products, adding that “DTI should also immediately act to ensure that no tainted milk is being sold in all retail outlets.”
Roxas supported the decision of the BFAD to temporarily ban the importation and sale of milk from China until these are tested to be safe and not contaminated with hazardous substances such as melamine, a chemical that is used in the manufacturing of plastics. ( The chemical is said to cause kidney stones among children who consumed the product-ED).
The former DTI Secretary noted that milk imported from China only has a small share of total Philippine imports of milk, where bulk of which is sourced from Australia. Furthermore, diplomatic concerns should not take precedence of the need to ensure the safety of consumers.
DOH monitors cases of kids with kidney ailments
The Department of Health has started monitoring children with kidney problems in government hospitals to trace if they were exposed to contaminated milk from China.
No case has been confirmed to be linked to the contaminated milk products so far, said Dr. Enrique Tayag, director of the National Epidemiology Center.
“The tracing back is aimed to establish the degree of illness in children and find out if the illness was related to the intake of milk formula,” Tayag said.
Tayag said the health department would trace children below two years old, who have been diagnosed with kidney problems in government hospitals and interview their pediatricians and parents if they were breastfed of they were given infant formula.
The health department has adopted the advisory of the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) in banning the importation and sale of milk and milk products from China pending the results of laboratory tests to determine if products sold in the country had been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
Four children have died while 50,000 others have fallen ill in China after drinking milk laced with melamine, which is used for plastics and pesticides.
by: Gerry T. Pagharion, The Capiz Times
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