Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Guyana bans Chinese dairy products
Guyana on Saturday became the second Caribbean Community (Caricom) member, after Suriname, to pull Chinese dairy products off the market, amid a world-wide alert on Chinese milk tainted with melamine.
The Health Ministry said it was targeting specifically 'Milky Evaporated Milk,' which China has identified as one several dairy products tainted by the chemical.
'The Food and Drug Department is engaged in an intensive search of the domestic market for the presence of milk and milk derived food products manufactured in China,' the ministry said in a statement.
It said the Chinese milk product was smuggled from neighbouring Suriname where authorities, too, have ordered the removal of Chinese milk and other dairy products from supermarket shelves.
There have been no reported melamine-related illnesses in either of the two neighbouring South American countries that share a common river border.