Plague bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) species in Europe that allegedly dangerous source of raw vegetables is enough to make a number of countries to increase their vigilance that may be associated transmission can occur through contamination of food. Ministry of Agriculture as the responsible party in control of fresh foods (vegetables and fruits) said that so far not found E. coli bacteria in vegetables and fruits in Indonesia.
“It’s based on the observations ranging from January to May 2011,” said Vice Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Ir. Krisnamurthi said at a news conference at the Ministry of Health Building, on Friday (06/10/2011) yesterday.
According to Bayu, precaution has been conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture with forming the instrument or agency in charge of guarding the save, in this case the Quarantine Agency. Currently, the National Quarantine have all the equipment needed to conduct tests on products that enter into Indonesia in the fresh form. “Included for testing whether food is contaminated with E.coli,” he added.
Bayu added, vegetables and fresh fruit are served only at 10 ports, ie ports which do have a quarantine facility. Certainly among the 10 it was, capacity and laboratoriummnya not the same. So far as the port of Jakarta and Surabaya, which has the best quarantine facilities and complete.
“If these develop into more serious again, then with the Ministry of Health and Agriculture to establish a dedicated port. So it could be imported only through specified ports. So therefore we can limit,” he said.
Bayu memaparkarkan, based on monitoring results from the month of January to May 2011, had occurred 36 (thirty six) times the imports from all countries in Europe, especially Germany, France, Netherlands and Portugal. During the year 2011, said Bayu, Indonesia has never imported bean sprouts, cucumber and lettuce fresh from Europe are thought to be risk factors associated with the occurrence of the disease.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture will also communicate intensively with the quarantine authorities in Europe, especially Germany, France, the Netherlands. Related matters such as whether the vegetables that have a certificate or not, the Bayu-up, remains to be seen whether future developments in the situation such action is necessary.
“What is clear Quarantine Agency is ready to be a save point guard for the importation of products of vegetable or fresh fruit,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), as the agency tasked to supervise the processed food to ensure none of the processed products that have been sampled contain E. coli.
This is according to Kustantinah, based on test results POM 2010, which has conducted tests on about 15,260 samples processed food purchased from circulation. And for the parameters E. coli, according to the standard is only performed tests on processed food products of a particular instance of cheese, margarine, frozen vegetable, vegetable-based chips, cocoa, and fish preparations.
“The amount of processed food listed in the POM is 44 thousand items. 30 of them imported products. And no more than 5 percent of processed food products from Europe,” he said.
POM Perketatan also done by performing tests on ready meals are usually asked to test it by catering-catering. Such as, rice, sweet tea, snacks patients, meatballs, vegetables, cooked chicken, noodles. “And from the test results there are none that contains E. coli,” he concluded