The Philippine government has finally taken steps to address consumer concerns that dairy products sold locally might contain the Chinese-approved chemical melamine, which boosts protein test readings – but kills or disables you for life in the process! A partial list of “banned milk products” (more like, temporarily on-hold) was released by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) yesterday. More products are added to the list daily.
Meanwhile, the public is advised not to buy these products nor consume them. BFAD Chief Leticia Gutierrez said the ban will remain in effect until BFAD releases results of the tests in October.
Products that have tested positive for melamine have been announced almost daily in countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Why not yet in the Philippines? There is speculation that the Philippine government is still in the process of purchasing melamine testing kits/equipment.
Here’s the partial list of milk/dairy products that are to be tested for melamine from China; there are 56 so far: