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Jakarta Post

Milk contamination: Conflict between global corporations and public interest

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 9 2011   /  10:26 am

It is regrettable that the issue of infant formula milk contamination may only end up with a plan to conduct another investigative research. This plan clearly shows the government’s non-compliance to the Supreme Court’s verdict, which demanded three institutions publish a list of contaminated milk products distributed in 2003-2006.To date, there have been no convincing reasons why the Health Ministry, the Food and Drug Supervisory Body (BPOM) and the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) refused to abide by the verdict. The ministry assumes no obligation to publish, as it was not the institution that conducted the research, while IPB argues that they have no legal basis to publish its research findings to the public.If viewed more closely, this case involves the interests of global corporations, and the foremost global producers of formula milk. Undoubtedly, there is a fear that these...