September 28, 2008
Chinese Milk Scandal:
Indonesia to imprison or fine melamine-laced product offenders
Indonesia’s Health Ministry issued a strong warning Saturday against producers or distributors caught selling products containing Chinese dairy products laced with melamine; they will be fined a maximum of 2 billion rupiah or face imprisonment, reported local daily the Jakarta Post.
“The offence carries a penalty of a maximum of 5 years in prison or a fine of 2 billion rupiah,” Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari was quoted as telling reporters Saturday.
The minister said that offenders would be penalized in accordance with the 1992 Health Law, the 1996 Consumer Protection Law.
Meanwhile, Food and Monitoring Agency head Husniah Rubiana said the agency had already distributed warning letters to the regions with the aim of protecting residents from consuming the hazardous products.