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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Ministry orders retailers to withdraw baby food product from shelves 

Lactalis International had voluntarily withdrawn all batches of its products that were packed in its Craon plant because of possible contamination with salmonella

A picture taken on January 12, 2018 shows the logo on the headquarters building of French dairy group Lactalis in Laval, western France. Damien Meyer / AFP
A picture taken on January 12, 2018 shows the logo on the headquarters building of French dairy group Lactalis in Laval, western France. Damien Meyer / AFP

The Ministry of Health and Prevention has ordered retailers across the country to withdraw baby food produced by the French company Lactalis that may be tainted with harmful bacteria.

Lactalis has voluntarily withdrawn all batches of its products that were packed in its Craon plant because of possible contamination with salmonella agona, which can cause fever and diarrhoea.

Any agents authorised to distribute and sell the products in the UAE have been asked to withdraw the products immediately from circulation, the ministry said on Saturday.

Separately, the ministry also warned against the use of unlicensed addiction remedies, cosmetics containing a high concentration of mercury, a herbal formula for weight loss and nutritional supplements that cause high blood pressure and skin whitening products.

The ministry identified 12 illegal, potentially unsafe products falsely claiming to treat opiate addiction. The companies and products include: Opiate Freedom Center (Opiate Freedom 5-Pack); U4Life LLC (Mitadone); CalmSupport LLC (CalmSupport); TaperAid (TaperAid and TaperAid Complete); Medicus Holistic Alternatives LLC (Natracet); NutraCore Health Products LLC (Opiate Detox Pro); Healthy Healing LLC (Withdrawal Support); Soothedrawal Inc. (Soothedrawal); Choice Detox Center Inc. (Nofeel); GUNA Inc. (GUNA-ADDICT 1); and King Bio Inc. (AddictaPlex).

The public has also been warned about the dangers of three Chinese cosmetic products used for bleaching and clearing the skin, which contained a high concentration of globally-banned mercury following an analysis of the products. These products, which are not registered with the ministry, include Yalan Cream, Slimming Body Capsule Plus and Hao Meng Specific Wipe off Fleck Cream.

A warning was also issued against the herbal drink Tarty Slim Plus Capsules from the Thailand-based company Rawinnipa. The weight loss drink that could cause high-blood pressure and contains undeclared pharmaceutical substances.

The ministry also cautioned against certain Flawless Beauty's skin whitening product, which are sold on www.flawlessbeautyandskin.com.

People can contact the ministry for more information on all the products listed at 800 11111

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