Melamine - Saudi Arabia

Dec 3, 2008

On 3 December 2008, the Saudi Arabian authorities said they found traces of melamine in four batches of Nesvita Pro Bones Low Fat produced by a Nestlé factory in China. In one batch they allegedly found a melamine level of 3.9 ppm. 

All Nestlé dairy products sold in Saudi Arabia – just as anywhere else in the world – are absolutely safe for consumption. No Nestlé product is made from milk adulterated with melamine.

On 18 October 2008, the Saudi Arabian authorities requested a precautionary trade withdrawal of milk products made in China, awaiting analytical results. In accordance with Nestlé's Corporate Business Principles, the company immediately complied with the authorities' request and organised a trade withdrawal of Nesvita Pro Bones Low Fat.

On 3 December 2008, the Saudi Arabian authorities said they found traces of melamine in the already withdrawn Nesvita Pro Bones Low Fat. The product, which is not available on the market anymore, was tested by Nestlé as well as by an accredited independent laboratory previously. The results were well below the limits defined by a number of governments, including Canada, New Zealand, the European Union, and by international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nestlé repeats that these products are absolutely safe for consumption. In general terms, melamine is found throughout the food chain across the world in minute traces which do not represent any health risk for consumers. The safety and quality of its products is a non-negotiable priority for Nestlé.