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    National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) Ensure sweetened condensed milk (SKM) is Milk

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    JAKARTA - The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) officially issues labeled rules for processed food, including regulating sweetened condensed milk (SKM). In the new rules, BPOM confirmed the position of SKM as one of the categories of dairy products and the provisions for their use. Issuance of these rules ended the SKM polemic that occurred in the community in recent times.

    BPOM's Head Regulation (Perka) Number 31 of 2018 concerning the Processed Food Label is a revision of BPOM Regulation Number 27 of 2017 concerning Processed Food Registration. "So far, the regulations on labels may be a bit confusing because they are in many places, today are put together in one BPOM Perka," said Head of BPOM Penny Kusumastuti Lukito at the event on the socialization of processed food label regulations in Jakarta, Friday (26/10).

    In its release, BPOM said, this rule also clarifies the provisions of the label for sweetened condensed milk products. In the new rules, BPOM reiterated that sweetened condensed milk is a category of dairy products. This is in accordance with the rules that have been in effect so far both nationally and internationally. Some time ago, some parties rolled out a statement that sought to obscure the position of SKM by stating that this product was not milk or had no milk content.

    Penny emphasized that the new BPOM regulation is expected to be able to straighten confusing information so that people get the right information. * "sweetened condensed milk is safe but not as a substitute for breast milk," said Penny.

    Perka BPOM Number 31/2018 requires producers to include several things on the label of sweetened condensed milk so that people can use this product according to their functions. On the SKM label, producers must include information that "SKM is not to replace breast milk (ASI), is not suitable for babies up to 12 months of age, and cannot be used as the only source of nutrition".

    The provisions in the SKM packaging label are more stringent and more detailed than the previous rules where the SKM label is only required to include the sentence "not suitable for babies up to 12 months of age". More stringent labeling rules were made to avoid the use of SKM by the public as a substitute for ASI. In fact, babies at a certain age really need ASI which cannot be replaced by any milk product category.

    Penny affirmed the issuance of Perka No. 31/2018 and annulled Circular Letter Number HK.06.5.51.511.05.18.2000 in 2018 concerning Labels and Ads on Condensed Milk Products and Analogs issued on May 22, 2018. According to him, after Perka BPOM was issued, a circular letter it is no longer valid.

    The Deputy of Processed Food Supervision of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency, Tetty Helfery Sihombing added, BPOM will continue to conduct BPOM Perka socialization Number 31/2018 to the public and stakeholders in the dairy and dairy products industry. The socialization was carried out at the same time to educate the public regarding the importance of meeting the balanced nutritional needs of the body. "We have a special section to disseminate to the community," said Tetty.

    He hopes the producers of sweetened condensed milk and other food products can immediately follow the new provisions related to the label. In accordance with the new BPOM Regulation, producers are given a transition period of 30 months after the issuance rule so that the products currently circulating adjust to the provisions of the new label. For new products, they will immediately follow this rule. "We will encourage industry players to implement this rule," said Tetty.

    With the strict SKM label and advertising rules, Tetty hopes that the public can use sweetened condensed milk according to their proper function. According to him, SKM is safe for consumption by anyone as long as it is not used as a substitute for breast milk. In addition, the community must be educated to read product labels so they can get the information correctly. (Pun)

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