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Cadbury Recalls Chinese-Made Chocolates, Safety in 'Doubt'



HONG KONG — British chocolate maker Cadbury said Monday that tests have "cast doubt" on the safety of its Chinese-made products and ordered a recall, the latest foreign company affected by China's tainted milk scandal.

Meanwhile, two U.S. food makers were investigating Indonesian claims that high traces of melamine were found in Chinese-made Oreos, M&Ms and Snickers.

Cadbury said in a statement it has recalled 11 chocolate products made at its factory in the Chinese capital Beijing, which are distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.

Tests "cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China," Cadbury said in the statement issued from its office in Singapore.

It was not immediately clear whether the tests revealed melamine, the industrial chemical at the center of China's recent milk scandal.

An Asia spokeswoman for Cadbury did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

The company said all of its dairy suppliers have been cleared by government milk testing.

China's recent food safety scandal started with the discovery of melamine in baby milk powder.

Four deaths have been blamed on the bad milk, and some 54,000 children have developed kidney stones or other illnesses after drinking the contaminated baby formula.

Authorities say suppliers might have added melamine, which is rich in nitrogen, to watered-down milk to deceive quality tests for protein.

Two U.S. food makers were investigating Indonesian claims that high traces of melamine were found in Oreos, M&Ms and Snickers, but stressed the same goods tested negative in other Asian countries.

They said they were looking into all possibilities, including counterfeiting.

The milk scandal erupted this month when the public learned that melamine, which is used to make plastics and fertilizer, had been found in milk powder and was linked to kidney stones in children. Contamination has since turned up in liquid milk, yogurt and other products made with milk.

Four deaths have been blamed on the bad milk and some 54,000 children have developed kidney stones or other illnesses after drinking tainted baby formula. Countries across Asia have removed items from shelves or banned them outright.

Myanmar added its name to the list Monday, saying dairy items from China would be barred from entering its military-ruled country. The Philippines, meanwhile, warned exporters they would be locked out of the market if they did not fully disclose the origins of their products.

"Of course it's always good to have evidence rather than just speculate, but we will have to shift the burden of proof to them because our duty is to protect public health," said Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in laying out the new regulations.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,429466,00.html
 

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Well, hopefully Bush won't stop this again.

"The 2002 Farm Bill passed by Congress mandated country-of-origin labeling for seafood, beef, lamb, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables and peanuts, but the Bush administration has delayed its implementation for everything except seafood until October 2008."

I think if people could see all the food they get from China we could put a dent in it. I had no idea that Chinese-made Oreos, M&Ms and Snickers." even existed.
 

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26903752/

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators warned the public on Friday not to consume seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products that were made in China because of concerns they may be contaminated with melamine.

The Food and Drug Administration said the products were recalled by King Car Food Industrial Co Ltd "due to possible contamination with melamine."

Infant formula tainted with the industrial chemical has resulted in hospitalization for thousands of Chinese babies with painful kidney stones. Four have died.

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Melamine, which can be used to cheat quality checks by mimicking food protein, also has been found in candy, buns and carton milk sold to other countries and regions, unleashing fear in markets already shaken by a string of "made-in-China" scandals last year.

As of Thursday, FDA testing of milk-based products imported into the United States from China had not found any melamine contamination, an agency statement said. Slide show

Toxic milk
The tainted food scandal in China keeps expanding, with more nations growing leery of the lethal chemical that has killed four infants and sickened 54,000.
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The coffee and tea products being recalled are:

Mr. Brown Mandheling Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Arabica Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Blue Mountain Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Caramel Macchiato Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown French Vanilla Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
Mr. Brown Mandhling Blend instant Coffee (2-in-1)
Mr. Brown Milk Tea (3-in-1)
The products were manufactured by China's Shandong Duqing Inc, the FDA said.

The agency also warned consumers not to eat White Rabbit Creamy Candy after New Zealand authorities reported melamine contamination "at high levels." The maker has recalled its exports of the candies to more than 50 countries and stopped domestic sales in China.


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The FDA urged retailers and food service operators to remove all of the products from sale or use.

The agency said it was not aware of any illnesses in the United States from the candy or the coffee and tea products.
 

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When are we going to learn to boycott their edibles?
BTW, I heard (but have not checked) that 75-80% of the world's Vitamin C is made in China. :(
 

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gotta wonder what else we ingest unknowingly
If people did know and understand what they were eating they wouldn't eat it. There are some margerines that have floracarbines (plastic's) in them, the majority of candies have between .1-.3% rats poop/insects in them (which is considered exceptable) . Almost all processed foods have chemicals that are used in hair dies, imbalming fluid, or glucosen fillers that have no nutrisional value.

Lets not forget that less than 6% of the stuff that is shipped into the US is physically inspected. Hong Kong inspects 100% of shipped goods to their country.
 
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