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Beware of Expired Foods During Ramadan

Written By Kepri Online on Saturday, August 13, 2011 | 02:45

The growing need for food and beverages during Ramadan is often exploited by traders to sell expired food and beverages. Communities are expected to be wary of products that are not worthy of consumption or expiration.

To anticipate the circulation of expired products, Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) of Riau Islands (Kepri) Province held an inspection into the market and supermarket.

On Friday this week, BPOM conduct an audit of food and beverages to the need to break the fast in a number of supermarkets in Batam City.

In addition, BPOM also examined the products are packed in a parcel.

''We call on citizens to be wary of expired products, in addition to harming consumers, the product expired could endanger the health,''said the head of BPOM of Riau Islands Province, I Made Nyoman Suwandi.

I Made Nyoman Suwandi said it would intensify raids against products on the market. The inspection not only held in Batam, but also in other areas in the Riau Islands, such as Karimun Regency, Tanjungpinang City, Bintan Regency and other regency.

He also appealed to the public to check the food and beverage packaging. ''Do not buy a product that its packaging is damaged,'' he said.

In addition, the community also requested wary of illegally imported products which do not via the examination of the feasibility of consumption by BPOM.

Adequate consumption of imported products, he said, has the ML code for the food and beverage imports, while for cosmetics products have code CL published BPOM.

''As a border area, Riau Islands Province prone circulation of illegal imported products,'' he said.

In a raid some time ago, he says it has found a number of illegal imports of products that do not have a code of ML and CL.

"Products imported directly we seize and destroy us,''he said. (kepri online daily)

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