Two infant formula milk went off the shelves in Saudi Arabia over Salmonella Poona fears, Sabq reported.
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) withdrew BLEMIL PLUS 1 HR (product 138/2918 dated October 2018) and BLEMIL PLUS 2 HR (product 197/2958 an 198/2598 dated October and November 2018) from the markets.
SFDA officials received a notification in this regard from the The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), a system specialised in reporting food safety issues within the European borders.
Manufactured in Spain BLEMIL PLUS 1 HR is an infant formula from birth upto six months. It is made from partially hydrolysed rice proteins.
The second baby formula BLEMIL PLUS 2 HR, also manufactured in Spain, is a follow-on formula for infants from the age of six months. It is also made from partially hydrolysed rice proteins.
The SFDA co-ordinated with the distributors to quickly withdraw the two products from the local markets and called upon consumers to dispose of them for the sake of their children’s health. It urged consumers to call hotline 19999 for any further information.