FDA Announces Recalls of More Melamine Tainted Chinese Products

By Tian Qing
Tian Qing
Tian Qing
September 28, 2008 Updated: October 1, 2015
Sanlu infant formula in a supermarket in Yichang City, Hubei Province on Sept. 12, 2008 (Epoch Times Archive)
Sanlu infant formula in a supermarket in Yichang City, Hubei Province on Sept. 12, 2008 (Epoch Times Archive)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated report, the “Health Information Advisory on Melamine Contamination,” on Sept. 26, alerting consumers of the recall of seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products.

The products may be contaminated with melamine, belonging to the Taiwanese company, King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd., which used a melamine contaminated non-dairy creamer manufactured by Shandong Duqing Inc. located in China.

The FDA also recommend consumers not eat White Rabbit Creamy Candy and recommend retailers and food service businesses to remove the product from their stores.

In past few days, more products have been reported containing food ingredients from China that have been contaminated by the chemical melamine.

According to Ming Pao Daily News on Sept. 27, the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety disclosed that Heinz Baby Rice Cereal and Silang House Steamed Potato Wasabi Crackers contain 1.6 ppm and 18 ppm melamine respectively.

A daily intake of tainted crackers by three-year-old children may cause kidney stones.

The results of a sample test for melamine by the Centre for Food Safety published on Sept. 27 revealed the melamine contents of products: 4.3 ppm (part per million) in Lotte Koala Biscuits (creamy strawberry filling), 57 ppm in Lotte Koala Biscuits (chocolate filling), and 68 ppm in Lotte Koala Biscuits (chocolate flavor).

Five children have already been diagnosed with kidney stones in Hong Kong.

Additionally, the New Zealand supermarket chain Warehouse announced on Sept. 26 the recall of more Chinese products in addition to the White Rabbit Cream Candy.

They include: Chocolate-glazed rose petal candy called I Love You by Cherir, Children biscuits manufactured by Oreo, bag candies manufactured by Mr. Mallow and different flavored mini freeze pops which all contain Chinese-produced powdered milk.

The entire world is on the alert and more than 30 countries have already banned the import, recalled melamine tainted products, strengthened quarantine measures, etc., according to the results of a preliminary survey.

So far, the countries and regions that have banned the import and sales of Chinese dairy products include: Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Gabon.

Additionally, Japan, India, Vietnam, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union recalled problematic Chinese products or strengthened their quarantine on such products.

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