The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has announced that the recently detected coagulated milk products produced by Nestle Ghana Limited which are already on the market poses no health risks to consumers.
According to the FDA, this was established after a microbial analyses were done on the products following complaints received by the authority from some consumers. The authority stated that there is no microbial contamination of the products ruling out the possibility of food poisoning.
In a press release sighted by ABC News, the authority insisted that the coagulated products are not expired contrary to claims by a section of the public.
The Authority therefore explained that the root cause analysis established that the skimmed milk powder, the raw material used to produce the milk complained of, has poor heat stability.
Parts of the statement read that, “a microbial analysis was conducted on the samples taken from the manufacturing facility and complaint samples at the FDA Laboratory. Results from the analysis indicated that there was no microbial contamination of samples and therefore there is no food safety issue with the said coagulated milk products from Nestle.”
“So far, the root cause of analysis indicates the the skimmed milk powder (raw material) used to produce the milk complained of has poor heat stability. This results in the denaturing of the protein leading to the coagulation of the milk. Denatured protein, however, poses no health risk. The analysis also confirmed that there was no leaching of dangerous chemicals from the inner (lacquer) lining into the milk product,” parts of the statement read.
Although there is no food safety issue, the authority says following the analysis, batches of evaporated milk manufactured with the affected raw material are being recalled.
“As of January 9, 2022, a total of 57,938 cans of the products have been retrieved by Nestle nationwide. The process is being monitored by the FDA. Therefore, anybody in possession of Ideal and Carnation milk with the batch numbers listed above should return them to Nestle or any FDA offices nationwide,” they added.
Meanwhile, the FDA has commended consumers for their alertness and encouraged them to continue reporting issues observed with any of its regulated products for the appropriate regulatory measures to be taken to ensure the health and safety of the public.
“The FDA assures the public that its Industrial Support Department continues to work with Nestle to ensure that the quality defect would not recur,” they added.