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Branded infant milk products recalled over ‘contamination’

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 21: The Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN) recalled certain brands of powdered infant formula due to the possibility that these products are contaminated with bacteria, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the authority took this step after receiving a report from the Secretariat of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) on the possible bacteria contamination of powdered milk products in the United States of America.

It also contacted the importing company; and Abbott products known commercially as Similac, EleCare and Alimentum, were recalled.

Sources said PAFN has advised consumers to refrain from using the aforementioned products and dispose them in order to protect infants and children. Sources affirmed the authority’s teams recalled all such products delivered to the importing company after receiving the report of INFOSAN and these items are now stored in a warehouse in Sulaibiya.

Sources added the company’s officials informed the authority that they did not distribute any of the products mentioned in the report to sales outlets in the six governorates. Sources confirmed that the authority’s teams inspected cooperative societies and other establishments selling milk products to ensure the abovementioned brands are not available to the public. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is planning to float three tenders for the supply of meals in public hospitals and health centers at a total cost of KD60 million, reports Al-Anba daily. The ministry affirmed it is in the process of obtaining approval from the regulatory authorities to fl oat the three tenders valued as follows: KD17.67 million, KD24.2 million and KD17.99 million.