The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/05/2009 11:02 PM
Diary product maker Nestle has denied an Indonesian Consumer Institute (YLKI) claim that one of the company's products contains melamine saying that all of its products were safe for consumption.
Nestle's public relations director Syahlan Siregar said in a press statement as quoted by Antara state news agency on Thursday that Nestle products were made according to tightly supervised standards.
He said Nestle was on a routine basis always examining the raw materials to be used in its products.
Therefore, Nestle rejected the results of the YLKI-sponsored research indicating that Nestle's Bear Brand Sterilized LowFat Milk 140 ml was among 10 types of products suspected to contain melamine.
The YLKI said on Wednesday it had found that 10 types of products contained melamine. It said some shopping areas in Jakarta such as Pasar Baru, Kelapa Gading, Cempaka Mas and Mangga Dua had been selling products containing melamine.
YLKI Chairperson Husna Zahir said there were places in the country through which legally and illegally imported food entered the domestic markets.
Husna also called for tight and routine supervision of food products and not only at the request of the public after finding that some foodstuff contained dangerous substances.
However, she admitted that state institutions had limited capability to conduct tests on products as Indonesia was a very vast country.
"There are still many entry points for imported food products which escape the foundation's monitoring because of the country's vast area," she said.
About the protests against the announcement of YLKI's findings on 10 different food products allegedely containing melamine, Husna said YLKI was open to inputs from various parties regarding the results of its tests.
The tests were done to free Indonesia from all kinds of melamine-tained food products, she said.