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Thailand to burn thousands of melamine-tainted products

November 9, 2008

Thailand’s health ministry plans to burn tens of thousands of food products tainted with the toxic chemical melamine, the English-language Nation newspaper reported Sunday.

More than 13,000 boxes of powdered milk and 19,824 unspecified snacks containing high levels of melamine would be torched on Monday in Ayutthaya province, it said, quoting the Food and Drug Administration secretary-general.

Melamine, an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of plastics, has been blamed for killing four babies in China and leaving more than 53,000 others sick after making its way into the food chain.

Thai authorities have so far pulled biscuits, cheese crackers, chocolate and condensed milk from Malaysia and China off the shelves after detecting high levels of the chemical.

–AFP

Graphic fact file on the melamine poisoning scandal in China. ...

Panama Has “The Gift That Keeps On Giving”: Poisoned Candy From China

October 17, 2008

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama says Chinese cookies and candy pulled from stores have tested positive for melamine, the industrial chemical blamed for the deaths of four infants and the sickening of 54,000 children in China.

Food Safety director Gilberto Real says traces of the chemical were found in milk-based White Rabbit caramels, orange and strawberry sandwich cookies and milk bars.

Melamine is used to make plastics and fertilizers. It can cause kidney stones and in extreme cases can lead to death.

Panama pulled 56 Chinese products from stores last month. Real said Friday that 28 tested negative and 24 are still being examined.

Dozens of Panamanians died last year after taking tainted, Chinese-made medicine. [cough syrup]

–From Yahoo news and wire services
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China’s White Rabbit Candy: Poison Inc.

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Flanked by smiling bunny statues and waving official safety reports, White Rabbit‘s boss declared China‘s most famous candy was back on sale after a brief recall for containing tainted milk.

Weng Mao, president of candy maker Guan Sheng Yuan, officially began the fight to rehabilitate the White Rabbit brand in front of reporters and shoppers in a big department store on Shanghai‘s main pedestrian shopping street.

“A healthy White Rabbit is jumping back into a big market,” read a banner over Weng’s head as he announced Thursday the sweets were returning to mainland shelves three weeks after sales in China and 50 other countries were halted.

A White Rabbit candy promotion in Shanghai. Flanked by smiling ... 
A White Rabbit candy promotion in Shanghai. Flanked by smiling bunny statues and waving official safety reports, White Rabbit’s boss declared China’s most famous candy was back on sale after a brief recall for containing tainted milk(AFP/Str)

The creamy milk-flavoured candy was first produced in Shanghai in 1943 and, with its edible rice paper wrapper, has become one of the nation’s most recognisable and enduring global brands.

But sales of White Rabbit stopped on September 26 after they were found to contain melamine — an industrial chemical that was illegally added to Chinese milk to make its protein content seem higher.

Four Chinese babies died of kidney failure and more than 53,000 fell ill this year after consuming tainted dairy products.

After the scandal emerged in early September, it quickly went global with countries around the world detecting melamine in a wide range of Chinese-made dairy products and subsequently banning them.

Singapore’s health authorities first raised the alarm over White Rabbit last month, warning that the sweets contained the highest melamine levels out of a range of Chinese products tested.

Stores in the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand also soon pulled White Rabbit off their shelves, and the Chinese company was forced to halt exports to 50 overseas markets, as well as to suspend domestic sales.

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More Food Poison? Vietnam says Indonesian biscuits contain melamine

October 14, 2008

JAKARTA (AFP) – Vietnam has complained to Indonesia of possible melamine contamination in Indonesian-made biscuits, a report said Tuesday.

File photo shows a man riding his rickshaw heavily loaded with ... 
File photo shows a man riding his rickshaw heavily loaded with boxes of milk in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam has complained to Indonesia of possible melamine contamination in Indonesian-made biscuits, a report said Tuesday.(AFP/File/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Vietnamese authorities informed Indonesia’s embassy in Hanoi that Indonesian-made Khong Guan biscuits could be tainted with the chemical, Trade Ministry Director Subagyo was quoted as saying by the Antara news agency.

Indonesia’s food and drug monitoring agency has been ordered to probe the issue, Subagyo said.

“Based on the results of our own tests the product is not contaminated with melamine,” food and drug agency chairman Husniah Rubiana Thamrin Akib was quoted as saying.

Khong Guan biscuits had already been tested in Indonesian and Vietnamese laboratories and had come up negative for melamine, usually used in making plastics, she said.

“Our products are safe because we import milk from Europe, Australia and New Zealand,” Akib said.

Indonesia ordered food producers to avoid using Chinese-made milk products in September after four Chinese children died and at least 53,000 fell ill from drinking milk or milk products laced with melamine.

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France Pulls Poisoned Chinese Food Products; Dairy Sued in China

October 13, 2008

BBC

France has recalled sweets and biscuits made with Chinese dairy products after finding high levels of a chemical.

In China, four babies have died and 53,000 have fallen sick after consuming milk products contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine.

The EU banned imports of Chinese baby food containing traces of milk in response to the scare last month.

The recall of White Rabbit sweets and Koala biscuits is the first such order to be made by a European country.

French consumers were warned to destroy or return the tainted products after tests showed high levels of melamine, which can cause kidney failure.

“The first results of tests conducted in France have shown a melamine level above the warning level set by the European Commission at 2.5mg per kilo,” the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

So far there have been no identified cases of health problems associated with the contamination in France.

The recall is the strongest measure yet taken by a European country amid a worldwide health scare over Chinese milk products that has led several countries to ban dairy imports from China.

It came as China issued new quality controls for its dairy industry and promised more severe punishment, including public naming, for anyone found to have violated safety standards.

Some Chinese dairy farmers are accused of fraudulently adding melamine to watered-down milk to make the product appear rich in protein and to fool quality control tests.
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Chinese Dairy Sued over Poisoned Milk Death

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer 

BEIJING – The family of a baby whose death has been blamed on toxic milk filed suit against one of China’s largest dairies Monday, while another dairy ensnared in the scandal said it was a victim of unscrupulous subcontractors.

The lawsuit against Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co. was filed over the May 1 death of 6-month-old Yi Kaixuan in the northwestern city of Lanzhou, the family’s lawyer said.

In this July 3, 2007, file photo, a worker selects the daily ... 
In this July 3, 2007, file photo, a worker selects the daily product at the production line at Wahaha’s factory in Hangzhou, China. Chinese beverage maker Wahaha Group is considering buying dairy assets from Sanlu Group, the milk maker at the heart of a scandal over milk tainted with an industrial chemical, reports said Monday October 13, 2008. Wahaha spokesman Shan Qining said he could not confirm the reports citing the company’s chairman, Zong Qinghou, as saying he wants to buy a milk powder production line from Sanlu.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, FILE)

It is the first to be filed over a child who died from drinking the tainted milk and asks for almost $160,000 in damages.

Milk collection stations and individual farmers are accused of watering down milk to increase volume, then adding the industrial chemical melamine to increase protein levels. Melamine, used mainly in plastics and fertilizer, is high in nitrogen and can make milk appear to contain more protein, which is what quality tests measure.

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