Just a few days ago, government officials discovered fake packets of Milo after a raid in Negeri Sembilan.
Upon discovering this information, Nestlé Malaysia immediately began a campaign to warn its customers of the imitation Milo product.
Milo Malaysia posted a warning on its Facebook page , which was subsequently shared by Nestlé on their Facebook page. They posted a photo which explained to customers how to tell a counterfeit product from an original one. The tell-tale signs are to be found in the perforations of the plastic packs which contains the Milo product.
Nestlé Malaysia explained that all Milo packets are machine packed and cut. Thus, the edges on the top of the original packets will not have perfect perforation (as shown in the photo sample above, on the right).
According to the Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, it had been reported that the domestic trade ministry had seized RM250,000.00 worth of imitation Milo packets in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan last Friday.
Nestlé Malaysia has said that they are taking this matter very seriously. They are working closely with the relevant authorities about this matter. Nestlé Malaysia has also urged customers to please report any cases if they have bought imitation Milo packets to its customer service department.
Other items seized were 1,000 empty boxes, 50,000 empty plastic packs, a printer, a weighing machine and a numbering printer. Six immigrant workers from Myanmar and Indonesia were arrested in the raid.
Recently, a video showing the production of the fake Milo has gone viral on the Internet. It shows two employees filling the chocolate powder into several green Milo packages in a room.
The video was posted on YouTube by Nithyananthem Karuppiah and it was published yesterday.
In Malaysia, the name Milo is infamous in almost every household and it is the go-to chocolate drink for most of us. Nestlé Malaysia reported that Malaysia is the world’s largest consumers of Milo.