Monday, September 22, 2008

Yet Another China Product Quality Control Problem

Reuters Article
BEIJING (Reuters) - The number of Chinese infants sick in hospital after drinking tainted milk formula doubled to nearly 13,000 and the country's top quality regulator resigned on Monday in the latest blight on the "made-in-China" brand.

Four deaths have been blamed on the toxic milk powder, which causes kidney stones and agonizing complications, and a string of Asian countries have banned or recalled Chinese milk products.


I read a newspaper article that White Rabbit milk candy was found to be contaminated with melamine in Singapore. I just bought a bag from the market to take home yesterday.

NZ finds high melamine levels in White Rabbit candies

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand's Food Safety Authority has found the industrial chemical melamine in imported Chinese White Rabbit Creamy Candies and warned Wednesday that people should not eat them.

"This product contains sufficiently high levels of melamine which may, in some individuals, cause health problems such as kidney stones," deputy chief executive Sandra Daly said in a statement on the agency's Web site. "The levels we have found in these products are unacceptable."

Melamine is the chemical that has sickened thousands of Chinese children and touched off a new food scare after it began turning up in milk products.

People worried that they or their children may have eaten the sweets should seek medical advice, she added.

OK, I probably should not eat the candy then.

Here is the bag of candy I tossed away. I bought it Monday in Chengdu for ~RMB18.

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