By Nerys Avery
Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) — The maker of China’s best-known milk candy brand White Rabbit has halted sales across the nation as Shanghai food inspectors test the sweets for melamine contamination, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The candy has already been pulled off shelves in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK after tests showed some batches contained melamine. Tesco Plc, the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, said on Sept. 24 it withdrew White Rabbit from some of its British stores as a “precautionary measure.”
The suspension of sales in China reflects “the company’s conscientious decision to protect consumers,” Ge Junjie, vice manager of Shanghai Guangming (Bright) Dairy and Food Co., was quoted as saying in Xinhua’s English-language report. Shanghai Guangming owns Guanshengyuan (Group) Co. which makes the candy.