Alert! Melamine: Khong Guan, Khian Guan biscuits recalled

I just picked up this news from The Star.

Updated : Screenshots of the melamine tainted biscuits:

melamine tainted biscuits - source The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Khong Guan and Khian Guan brand biscuits have been found to contain excessive levels of melamine.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said 18 out of the 47 products produced by the two manufacturers contained more than the permissible level of malamine, which is 2.5mg/kg or 2.5 parts per million (ppm).

He said the manufacturers had been instructed to recall all 18 biscuit products from the market.

“We have also requested that they voluntarily recall the rest of the products (the remaining 29),” he said.

(source : The Star)

However, the problem is, I cannot find what are the brands of biscuits from Khong Guan and Khian Guan. Both of these names are very much part of our lives as they are the earliest biscuits manufacturers.

I think our Health Ministry should at least give us some photos and names of the biscuits that contain melamine instead of vague news like this.

A search on the internet found there are two different producers of Khong Guan biscuits. One plant is in Singapore which uses Australian milk and another in Indonesia which uses China imports.

However, checks with the Khong Guan head office in Singapore showed that there were two separate biscuit manufacturers using the Khong Guan name.

“The company in Singapore is a totally different entity from the one in Indonesia,” said a company representative.

She also confirmed that the products made by Khong Guan Singapore used Australian milk and not Chinese dairy sources.

(source : Asiaone news)

Therefore, let’s open our eyes bigger when we go shopping for our supplies of biscuits. I had rummaged through my larder and did not find any Khong Guan biscuits.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

9 thoughts on “Alert! Melamine: Khong Guan, Khian Guan biscuits recalled

    Criz Lai

    (October 16, 2008 - 7:17 pm)

    I have some China-made biscuits here which I would be throwing away. It’s getting even scarier when we do not even know what are the brands we could consume. It’s safer to cook at home now. Sweat~

    http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

    CK Lam

    (October 16, 2008 - 8:32 pm)

    Lilian, in this situation …what should we buy now?? This cannot eat, that cannot eat. I checked through mine and I didn’t see any of those biscuits but I think I would have consume a bit sometime back 🙁

    Would be nice if you will share with us your new supply list!

    ck lam
    http://www.what2seeonline.com

    PenangTuaPui

    (October 16, 2008 - 9:58 pm)

    i think ppl start to have phobia with all milk product…

    I am wondering when they will tell S26 is impacted… I am worrying… my son is having it since he is born….

    really scary……

    Helen

    (October 17, 2008 - 4:36 am)

    If you can read Chinese, this is what on guangmingdaily.com.my

    Khian Guan:
    建元含三聚氰胺污染的餅乾產品
    1. Creamy Chocolate(三聚氰胺含量:餅乾3.66ppm)
    2. Lemon Puff 餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:3.91ppm)
    3. Square Puff 餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:4.36ppm)
    4. Cocoa Puff 餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:5.04ppm)
    5. Jagung Puff 餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:6.46ppm)
    6. Campuran (Party)餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:7.99ppm)

    Khong Guan:
    康元餅乾三聚氰胺超標種類
    1. 蘇打餅(三聚氰胺含量:2.93ppm)
    2. 檸檬鬆餅(三聚氰胺含量:3.28ppm)
    3. 檸檬pof(三聚氰胺含量:3.7ppm)
    4. 牛奶油餅(三聚氰胺含量:3.76ppm)
    5. baby fish餅(三聚氰胺含量:4.08ppm)
    6. 健康薄脆餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:4.21ppm)
    7. 可可鬆餅(三聚氰胺含量:4.91ppm)
    8. 橙味三文治餅(三聚氰胺含量:5.04ppm)
    9. 家庭薄脆餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:7.6ppm)
    10. 動物型餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:8.99ppm)
    11. 香煙型餅乾(三聚氰胺含量:10.2ppm)
    12. 迷你鬆餅(三聚氰胺含量:22ppm)

    Lilian

    (October 17, 2008 - 8:12 am)

    Helen – Tks for the list. I don’t read Chinese but I know I ate a lot of lemon puff worr..

    PTP – Those that happened in China is very irresponsible hor? I read so many children had liver damage hor?

    CK Lam – Now, I avoid buying China liao. See anything China, faster throw back. But seems that everything not from China also have some Chinese stuffs inside.

    criz – No wonder so many people get cancer nowadays hor? I am volunteering in Mt. Miriam and many of them also don’t know why they can get cancer eventhough they had been eating well. With all these chemicals and poisons in our foods, how to avoid hor?

    S H Kee

    (October 20, 2008 - 9:12 pm)

    My family and I have been eating Khong Guan biscuits all our life and so do our parents. Our parents are now in their 80s and they are very strong with really smooth complexion lol… Our homegrown Khong Guan have manufactured many of the best biscuits and I will not stop eating them.

    Blame it on the China made ammonia bicarbonate. Anyway, according to some websites, just a little contamination is not going to kill us. We only eat a few pieces of biscuits and therefore it is not that bad, the little 3.3 ppm per biscuit will be flushed out by our body. Facts from WHO:

    ” The US FDA has published an interim safety/risk assessment on melamine and structural analogues and has established for melamine a tolerable daily intake TDI of 0.63 mg per kg of body weight per day.

    The European Food Safety Authority has published a provisional statement and recommended to apply a TDI of 0.5 mg per kg of body weight per day as tolerable intake value for melamine.”

    Therefore if you are 50kg you need to consume 6.3kg of biscuits that has a contamination value of 5.0ppm at one time!

    Do you know that pastics are being thrown into boiling oil to make fried stuffs like, our favourite you cha kueh, commercial fried onions, fried chicken and many, may others so that they are crispy?

    Ammonia carbonate is one of the most common leavening agent used in many foodstuffs that need raising or ‘pong’.
    So just think, are you really scared now!!!!

    End of the day, just eat in moderation………. and dont throw
    those biscuits away!!!!! Just drink lots and lots of water, listen to your mum…….

    Lilian

    (October 21, 2008 - 9:40 pm)

    S H Kee – What does your parents gotta do with this current batch of melamine tainted milk and other toxic chemicals in our foods? We are talking about the melamine added into the milk by China in these recent cases. You working for some biscuit companies, issit?

    Fiona

    (October 24, 2008 - 6:48 am)

    I not only eat those Khong Guan lemon puff biscuits all the time… I had a kidney stone earlier this year and the Dr. said it was freaky that I would have one as I am only 30 and very healthy (drink lots of water), and no history of stones in my family. I will never eat these products again in my life. My husband bugged me because I ate so much of them… now I really regret it.

    It was the most painful experience I ever had. I’ve given birth and that was a joke compared to the agony I experienced.

    J

    (October 25, 2008 - 9:20 pm)

    Fiona,

    dont just luan luan kong. dont simply say. did you test?

    to be certain, get the kidney stones analysed by lab before you conclude lah. for those china cases, they test the kidney stones / calcification and can detect it WAS contained melamine.

    Moreover, stones can happen to anyone at any age, some people body are just weaker, or you ate other foods. Dont forget MELAMINE is not the ONLY cause of getting kidney stones. Preservatives in high doses, water pollution, even excessive CALCIUM tablet, Vitamin C ( ascorbic Acid ) all can give you kidney stone in long run.

    It would be stupid just to blame it on the biscuits you ate, without any scientific proof, it is a false security. Your hi calcium milk could be the culprit for all you know.

    Dont let melamine publicity blind you to other potential causes of Kidney stones…

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