Starbucks Sachets Recalled in Indonesia for Lack of Distribution Permit

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– The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has recalled a number of Starbucks sachets imported from Turkey due to the lack of a distribution permit issued by the BPOM.

The recall was announced following a routine inspection conducted by the BPOM ahead of the 2022 Christmas and 2023 New Year celebrations (Nataru). The Starbucks sachets were found in Banjarmasin without a distribution permit.

BPOM head, Penny K. Lukito, urged the public to carefully check the information of imported products being sold through various channels, particularly during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, when many importers tend to send expired imported products to Indonesia.

Most of these products with invalid distribution permits (TIE) come from Malaysia and China, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Europe, and the United States.

According to the special routine inspection conducted by the BPOM since December 1, 2022, the agency has discovered 66,113 products that do not meet regulatory standards (TMK), with an economic value of approximately IDR 666.9 million (about $47,000) in the special routine inspection ahead of Christmas 2022 and New Year 2023. Of the total 66,113 products discovered by BPOM, expired products made up 36,978, products without a distribution permit (TIE) made up 23,752, and damaged products made up 5,383.

The most common expired products were found in the BPOM's work areas in Kupang, Manokwari, Ambon, Merauke, and Kendari, and were in the form of powdered coffee, seasonings and condiments, instant noodles, ready-to-use seasonings, and flavored powdered drinks.

The most common damaged products were found in Mimika, Kupang, Sungai Penuh, Kendari, and Surabaya, and included sauces/sambal, sweetened condensed milk, UHT/sterilized milk, instant noodles, and milk-based drinks.

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