Thursday, September 25, 2008

I had a scare with milk yesterday. Well, I'm still scared until now although I have switched to a local brand.

My personal experience involved Jolly Cow Fresh Milk which is distributed by a firm in Binondo called Fly Ace Corporation (they are on the net at http://www.flyacecorp.com/).

Originally, Jolly Cow was said to have been imported from Australia. But wanting to make sure because of the Chinese milk thing, I called up the distributor. The girl who answered my call had a set line -- she said they would send samples of the milk for testing to Singapore and asked my number so they could contact me when the results came in (about 2 weeks daw). Well, I didn't want to wait. So I switched brands immediately -- to a locally produced one on which Tagalog was used on the packaging.

Mabuti na yung sigurado.

Meanwhile, Kraft Foods issued the following statement:

Multinational food company Kraft Foods on Wednesday clarified they do not use or source milk ingredients from China for use in their products.

Milk and other dairy products from China are currently under scrutiny worldwide after the chemical melamine was found in several milk powder products manufactured in the said country.

In a statement, Kraft Foods (Philippines) said the following products sold by Kraft's authorized distributors in the country do not contain milk ingredients sourced from China:

* Biscuits - Oreo Sandwich Cookies, Oreo Crumb, Chips Ahoy
* Cheeses - Kraft Eden Original, Eden Singles, Eden MeltSarap, Kraft Cheez Whiz Original, Kraft Cheez Whiz Pimiento, Kraft Cheez Whiz Pizza, Kraft American Singles and Philadelphia Cream Cheese
* Confectionery – Toblerone
* Salad Dressings/Spreads and Other Products - KRAFT Real Mayo, Miracle Whip All-Purpose Dressing, KRAFT Sandwich Spread, Miracle Whip Sandwich Spread
* Specialty/Away From Home Products – Mega Mayo, Pizza Cheese, Filled Cheese, Special Cheese

"Kraft Foods does not source any milk ingredient from China for use in its manufacturing plants in any country outside China," the statement said.

The company also said that their OREO biscuits that are produced in China do not contain any milk powder as an ingredient, while coated OREO biscuits produced in China do contain milk powder, but is sourced from Australia.

"Regardless of where they are produced, Kraft products are always held to the highest standards of safety and quality," the statement said.

"Kraft will always maintain its deep commitment to its consumers, and it will continue to consider the quality and safety of its products a top priority by complying with all applicable quality standards in every market it serves," it added.

Kraft is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with with annual revenues exceeding $37 billion, more than 100,000 employees and more than 180 manufacturing and processing facilities globally, including the Philippines.

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