It is said that the authorities had determined that drugs were placed in tampered sachets of the instant coffee, which was sold widely both in Malaysia and neighbouring Singapore, but were still determining how and why the coffee was contaminated.
7 February 2018
Chem analysis shows drugs in durian coffee
The urine and blood samples of two Nepalese men, who experienced severe fatigue after they allegedly drank a durian flavoured premix coffee, tested positive for drugs, said Timur Laut police chief Anuar Omar.
“We have received the test results from the Chemistry Department this evening and based on the tests conducted, the samples contained a type of synthetic drug which is already in the market but rarely used (by drug addicts).
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/411362#vls8t2m0ZJlD6YIC.99
6 February 2018
Tampered premix coffee: Cops looking for a woman
GEORGE TOWN: Penang police are looking for a woman to help in their investigation into tampered premix coffee packets.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the woman, believed to be in her 40s, gave away a large packet containing tampered premix coffee sachets at a coffeeshop in Jelutong.
“We are looking for the woman to assist us in the investigations and urge the public to contact us if they have any details pertaining to the matter,” he told a press conference at the district police station Tuesday (Feb 6).
He also confirmed that there are differences between the packaging seals on the tampered coffee sachets and those on the originals.
ACP Anuar said five police reports on the matter have been lodged, and police have recorded a statement from a witness.
5 February 2018
CONSUMERS are advised to avoid the durian-flavoured instant coffee mix pending analysis of the product, which is expected within a week, Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam said today.
“Soon, maybe in a week, the analysis will be ready.
“But I advise people not to distribute this sachet. It will be even safer not buy and drink this product until all investigations are completed and we are certain there is no problem in the process of manufacturing and distribution ,” he said at the World Cancer Week Temple of Fine Arts at Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur today.
The ministry has not recalled the product, which is believed to have led to seven people being hospitalised.
No recall for durian-flavoured instant coffee, says Health Ministry
THE Health Ministry will not recall a durian-flavoured instant coffee mix believed to have led to the hospitalisation of seven people, as there is no evidence the contamination was caused by the manufacturers, Health Minister Dr S. Subramaniam was reported as saying.
“Apart from these few packets, there is no evidence right now to pin the blame on its producers,” Dr Subramaniam was quoted as saying by The Star.
He said ministry officials had paid the coffee factory a visit and tested its products.
“We did not find narcotic elements and did not have any evidence to incriminate the manufacturers.”
On Saturday, two garbage truck drivers became the latest victims of the instant coffee mix after a colleague shared one of the two packets he had found inside a dustbin in Penang.
According to police, 60-year-old Mat Dat started vomiting and experiencing dizziness 10 minutes after consuming the drink.
His 59-year-old colleague, Md Ruslan Hussain, also complained of blurry vision before passing out.
Their housemate sent them to Penang Hospital.
“We have contacted the supervisor of the garbage collection company in Relau to look for the worker,” said Dr Subramaniam.
“We want him to give us the packets for investigation.”
February 4, 2018
Singapore recalls coffee premix from Malaysia
SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) today instructed a recall of Coffee Tree MyCafe “4-in-1 Penang Durian White Coffee” from Malaysia as a precautionary measure.
“Consumers who have purchased the product can return them to the retailer,” it said in a message on Facebook.
It said that it had followed up with its counterparts in Malaysia to request for facts on the case following reports of consumers in Malaysia being hospitalised after drinking the coffee.
AVA also said it would be taking samples for food safety tests.
“Consumers who do not feel well after consuming any food products should seek medical attention. As a good food safety practice, when in doubt of the safety of a food product, do not consume,” it said.
2 February 2018
GEORGE TOWN: Police believe the instant durian coffee mixture, which resulted in five men being hospitalised after consuming it, contains a drug.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said tests conducted by the Penang Food Safety and Quality Laboratory on the sample collected showed it contained a kind of drug.
“Checks also showed that the instant durian coffee packet had been opened and re-sealed as there were tear marks.
“Also, the re-sealed packet showed there was an additional 10gm weightage comared to the original 40gm.
“There was also a foreign green substance which was not available in the original packaging,” he said.
1 February 2018
31 January 2018
Instant coffee case: Five patients warded since Saturday
GEORGE TOWN: State health department has recorded five cases of individuals who fainted after drinking a type of an instant coffee since last Saturday.
Its director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah said the five patients who were all men, showed similar symptoms lethargy after consuming the drink.
“Apart from the first two men who were reported to be warded yesterday, the rest have been discharged after their health improved. The remaining two are still under observation and in stable condition.
“We have taken blood samples of the patients and will submit them to the chemistry department for a series of test,” he said when contacted today.
Results of instant coffee analysis to be known soon – Subramaniam
The Penang Health Department has taken samples for analysis of the instant coffee mixture allegedly consumed by a few men who were admitted to Penang Hospital yesterday after they complained of severe fatigue.
Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said he expected the result to be out soon and an announcement would be made on the matter.
“If it is found that the coffee mixture contains prohibited items, we will announce the brand name and its manufacturer will be ordered to withdraw the product from the market.
“So far, from reports that I received, five people have been admitted to Penang Hospital after drinking what was being promoted as the durian white coffee mixture,” he told a press conference after attending a Thaipusam celebration with Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Kuala Selangor today.
31 January 2018
Five taken to hospital after drinking durian coffee mix in Penang
GEORGETOWN: Five people have been admitted to Penang Hospital after drinking a type of instant durian coffee, said Malaysian health minister S Subramaniam on Wednesday (Jan 31).
It was reported earlier that two men were hospitalised after drinking the coffee, which left them severely fatigued. According to Penang Hospital director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah, the men are in stable condition and blood tests have been conducted.
Malaysia’s Health Minister told reporters that the beverage was being promoted as “Durian White Coffee”, and that samples of the mixture have been sent for analysis.
“If it is found that the coffee mixture contains prohibited items, we will announce the brand name and its manufacturer will be ordered to withdraw the product from the market,” he said.
30 January 2018
Received via Whatsapp:
Good afternoon, just to alert everyone that Emergency department Hospital Penang had seen total 4 cases where patients were treated in redzone after taking an instant coffee called ‘Durian White Coffee’.
All the 4 patients presented with sympathomimetic toxidromes (very high BP, tachycardia, dilated pupils, sweating, restlessness). 2 patients (both are friends, drank the same product, one of them had multiple ST depressions on ECG) were admitted to medical ward on 27/1/18. Another 2 patients (both are colleagues, drank the coffee at work) presented to ED today. Forward as received.
30 Jan 2018: 22:16
Coffee fix lands two in Penang hospital http://str.sg/oUFv
Health ministry probing coffee product after consumers taken ill
Health DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tells people to seek immediate treatment if they fall ill upon consuming any food or drink.
PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has launched an investigation into an instant coffee product after at least two individuals were reported to have fallen ill and warded at the Penang Hospital after consuming it.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a public announcement would be made on the matter as soon as the department received a confirmation on the case.
“Members of the public are advised to always be cautious about the cleanliness and quality of food and drinks that they take, and immediately seek treatment at any health facility if they suffer any symptoms of illness,” he said in a statement today.
He said the ministry learnt about the news after it went viral on social media.
Earlier, Bernama reported that two men had ended up at the hospital recently after they drank the coffee which left them severely fatigued.
It cited hospital director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah as saying the duo were still receiving treatment and were in stable condition.
Four Admitted to Hospital after drinking Durian White Coffee! Read more: https://goo.gl/X9LDeK
Dr Tuan Hairul: Good afternoon, just to alert everyone that Emergency Department (ED) Hospital Pulau Pinang had seen total 4 cases where patients were treated in redzone after taking an instant coffee called ‘Durian White Coffee’.
We had already reported this matter to JKN Bahagian Keselamatan Makanan & Pharmacy Enforcement Side, investigation process just started. This message is not meant to defame any company/brand but just to alert all ED doctors to watch out for similar presentation.
All the 4 patients presented with sympathomimetic toxidromes (very high BP, tachycardia, dilated pupils, sweating, restlessness). 2 patients (both are friends, drank the same product, one of them had multiple ST depressions on ECG) were admitted to medical ward on 27/1/18.
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