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Fake baby milk formula scare hits Malaysia

From BBC - December 13, 2017

Malaysian authorities are investigating the safety of infant formula powders after seizing hundreds of packets of counterfeit products.

Manufacturer Mead Johnson said the goods imitated its Enfalac A+ Step 1 formula.

The government is testing the powders amid reports of parents saying their children suffered fevers and rashes after consuming the fake products.

But authorities have not received reports of illness.

Malaysian authorities seized 210 boxes of suspected fake infant formula in five raids on Sunday. The products were removed from pharmacies and convenience stores in Johor Bahru.

The ministry of domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism said it is waiting for test results on the milk formula seized.

"We will name and shame whoever is behind this," minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said on Wednesday.

He advised parents to exercise caution when buying the milk powders, and to look for the features that could differentiate genuine from fake products.

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