JFDA vouches milk products are fit for human consumption

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AMMAN — The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) regularly follows up and tests all products in the market, even before the Audit Bureau may detect any violations, JFDA Director-General Nizar Al-Mheidat said.اضافة اعلان

His comment followed the Audit Bureau’s release of its annual report for 2021, which reported the suspension of a custom committee that discovered most powdered milk products in the local market violated instructions by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The committee’s report revealed that unspecified factories outside Jordan re-packaged powdered milk imported from a country, other than the country of origin, and added hydrogenated vegetable fats into the product whose manufacture or import is prohibited in the Kingdom.

The milk, it added, was sold in the Kingdom on the basis that it is full-fat milk, containing animal fats.

The committee’s report said that powdered milk is being imported and packaged in unspecified neighboring countries. It said factories there mix and package the milk in violation of technical regulations in Jordan, which ban the import and manufacture of products that contain vegetable oils and fats.

The report also revealed that the factories also manipulated the terms of the customs tariff, as they did not pay the customs fees or the general sales tax, which amounted to JD544,245.

Mheidat told Jordan News that the violations were the responsibility of Jordanian Customs. “The powdered milk note was entirely a custom case,” he explained.

He stressed that all milk products in the market “have no problem, are healthy and fit for human consumption”.

“Products that enter the local market all conform to specifications,” he said.

The Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Jazi, announced that most of the 2,776 violations reported in the Audit Bureau’s annual report for 2021 “have been previously corrected”.

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