By Abdul Ghani Nasir
Pix by Saliman Leman
BANGI, 23 June, 2011 – Unipeq, a company under UKM Holdings, carries out testing and analysis of samples sent to its laboratory to ascertain the quality of products in the food industry.
“We are not the authority that determines the halal status or otherwise of any food products or drinks that is tested,” Chief Executive Officer, Unipeq Sdn Bhd, Dr Siti Noorbaiyah Abdul Malek said today.
She was speaking at a media conference here today to clarify Unipeq’s role following several reports in the media that published and displayed the certificates issued by Unipeq to a drinks distributor company in Malaysia, recently.
Dr Noorbaiyah said: “on the June 1, 2011, the distributor of the drinks sent three samples of its bottled drinks to Unipeq laboratory requesting us to test the alcohol levels in the drinks.
“Tests were then carried out using the GC-MS method (Gas Chromatopraphy-Mass-Spectometer). The tests were completed on June 6 and the results conveyed to the company on the same day through the analysis certificates issued for each of the three samples.
“The analysis certificates only state the level of alcohol in all the three samples,” she said.
Dr Noorbaiyah said Unipeq only carry out testing and monitoring analysis and are limited to the samples given by its clients. It thus only determines the level of alcohol and has never issued any statements on the status of the said products.
“The status of each product should be referred to the appropriate authorities like JAKIM for the halal status and the Ministry of Health for food standards.
Unipeq,formed since 15 years ago, also carry out consultancy services for quality systems and food safety and organised teknical courses in food technology.