It was reported that the Thai Food and Drug Administration has already ordered their stores to remove Julie's cream crackers due to excessive melamine contamination on October 21.
Perfect Food Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd's made a press release on the 3rd November that 4 of the Julie's branded biscuits were recalled due to excessive melamine contamination from the Ammonium Bicarbonate (rising agent) sourced from China. The same ingredient was the source of contamination found in Khong Guan and Khian Guan's biscuits earlier.
It was reported today that the Thai authorities have ordered another ban on another biscuit from Perfect Food. The affected biscuit is the Malaysian-made Omodo cream crackers, reportedly containing 6.08ml/kg of melamine whereas the permitted level is only 2.5ml/kg.
It looks like the melamine contamination is not going to go away very soon. I'm sure that the contaminated ammonium bicarbonate sourced from China were also used by many other confectioneries (and some small food manufacturers). Hence, I am certain that there could be more contaminated biscuits out there on the shelves, waiting to be uncovered and reported as `not suitable for human consumption.' However, at the rate this tests are being conducted or waiting for manufacturer's coming forward voluntarily, I guess most would have been consumed by unsuspecting consumers like you and I by then.
Looking back, both Khong Guan and Khian Guan's biscuits were reported as contaminated by ammonium bicarbonate on October 17. Thai authorities were reported to order a removal of Julie's biscuits on October 21. And Perfect Food Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd (Julie's manufacturer) made a press announcement on the 3rd Nov. It took a total of 18 days for Perfect Food to make an official announcement after ammonium bicarbonate was reported as contaminated and 13 days after the Thai authorities banned it.
Furthermore, it is interesting to note that all four products would have already expired by the time the press release was made anyway. In other words, there would be no product from this company that are contaminated that would still on the shelves today. So, are they safe to be consumed? Or are we expecting more press releases in the weeks and months ahead as more products reach their expiry dates?