The Government Analyst – Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) would like to advise the general public and importers of food that during the month of January, four containers with Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk and/or Sweetened Condense Milk were “Refused Entry” into Guyana.
According to Marlan Cole, Director of the Food and Drug Department, these milk were ‘refused entry’ because they are non-complaint with the prescribe standard for Evaporated Milk, Condense Milk and /or Sweetened Condense Milk as found in regulations 13 & 14 Division # (5) of the Food and Drug Regulations 1977 and the International Food Standard Codex STD for milk fat products (CODEX STAN 280-1973) Codex Alimentarius.
He said in all cases milk fat was substituted with various forms of vegetable fat. This action, he said, was made possible because of unprecedented support and cooperation received from the Guyana Revenue Authority (Customs Department).
Cole said the brands refused entry into Guyana were:
* Best Liat Sweetened Condense Milk
* Global Sweetened Condensed Milk
* Tastu Evaporated Creamer
According to the prescribe standard, Evaporated Milk shall contain no less than 25.0% milk solids and 7.5 % milk fat, while Condense Milk or Sweetened Condense Milk shall contain no less than 28.0% milk solids and 8.0% milk fat.
The Department is advising food importers to ensure that when importing milk for sale on our local market, they must be in compliance with the prescribe standards of Guyana’s Food and Drug Regulation or that of the International Food Standard Codex Alimentarius.