JAKARTA, NNC - Lecturer from Nutrition Department of Health Polytechnic of Ministry of Health Jakarta II, Syarief Darmawan explained the correct definition of the sweetened condensed milk (SCM) is based on the formulation of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).
CAC defines SCM is milk product obtained by removing water from a mixture of milk and sugar to achieve a certain level of concentration.
Syarief said CAC is an institution under FAO, whose reference has become the standard all over the world, including Indonesia.
"Under the terms of Codex, sweetened condensed milk can also be the result of reconstitution of powdered milk with the addition of sugar. And added sugar should be able to prevent damage to the product. The product is then pasteurized and packed in an impermeable manner or hermetic manner," said Syarief via written statement NNC received on Saturday (7/7/2018).
According to him, the Codex regulation on standard protein content in sweetened condensed milk is not less than 6.5 percent (plain) has been implemented in the Regulation of Food and Drug Supervision Agency (BPOM) Head No. 21 of 2016. According to Syarief, BPOM has followed the international definition of SCM.
"It is just in this case, the problem is not about the SCM itself, but the wrong advertisement informing that sweetened condensed milk as a dairy product that can be consumed by children under three years old, whereas it is an additional food ingredient, which is, a sweetener," explained Syarief.
BPOM, added Syarief, should be more active in the field to educate producers and consumers, especially at the provincial level. So far BPOM is good enough in terms of handling cases of products that harm the community. "The portion of field education intensity needs to be added again," he continued.