Nestle reassures consumers on milk product safety

by Josh Sosland
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VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Responding to press reports in Hong Kong saying that melamine traces had been discovered in Nestle Growing Up Milk products for toddlers, the company on Sept. 21 issued a statement denying the problem.

"Nestle is confident that none of its products in China is made from milk adulterated with melamine," the company said.

A scandal has erupted in China over revelations of melamine in the milk supply. Four children are believed to have died and 53,000 sickened because milk products have been tainted with the same additive used to adulterate pet food ingredients in the United States in the spring of 2007. Traces of melamine have been found in 22 dairies across China. Press reports have said the Chinese government official responsible for food safety has resigned because of the incident.

Nestle said the company maintains the same "stringent quality control system" in China that it does in the rest of the world.

"The Hong Kong Government’s Food and Environmental Health Department has just released a report declaring that Neslac Gold 1+, which was mentioned in the media reports, is safe and that no melamine was detected in the product," the company said, noting that earlier government tests also yielded results detecting no melamine.

"Chinese authorities have issued official certificates for all tested Nestle products stating that no melamine has been detected in any of them," the company said.

Nestle Growing Up Milk is a product that seeks to bridge a toddler’s move from mother’s milk to cow’s milk. "GUM fulfils the toddler’s protein requirements without overloading the still immature metabolic system," the company said. "GUM ensures a steady transition from the lower protein level of breast milk to the high protein level present in cow's milk and normal dairy products used by adults."

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