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Published on October 28th, 2008 | by Beth Bader

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Melamine-Tainted Candy Recall

The store shelved are flooded with “fun size” treats in orange and black bags. It’s Halloween season, and candy is certainly on the minds of every kid I know this time of year. It’s on my mind for different reasons.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a voluntary recall notice for the Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins. The candy, manufactured in China, is the latest product thought to contain the melamine-contaminated milk powder. The product is primarily distributed through Costco stores in Canada as well as some bulk and discount retailers there.

So far, no illnesses have been reported, and the recall only concerns Canada. Other products that have been recalled in the U.S. and abroad both due to the melamine contaminated milk powder include Mr. Brown’s coffee and milk tea products as well as White Rabbit Creamy Candy. White Rabbit candies were distributed to California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington state through wholesale distributors to retail stores. The White Rabbit Candy recall is the first candy recall issued for products sold in the U.S.

Cadbury also had recall woes in September over some of its chocolate brands that were manufactured in China and distributed in Asia. Even M&M and Mars have had to assess some of their products manufactured in China and distributed in Asia including Chinese-made Oreos, M&Ms and Snickers that were found in Indonesia. Counterfeit products are suspected in this instance. However, South Korea ordered a recall of Mars and Nestle products that were found to also contain melamine.

Most likely, none of these brands will show up in your child’s treat bag, but if you live in Canada, you do need to be aware of the latest recall. For all regions, U.S. included, White Rabbit Candy is one to be sure and look out for.

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About the Author

Beth Bader is co-author of the book, The Cleaner Plate Club. She is a passionate "Local Food" advocate and an author for the Eat Local Challenge. She loves creating healthy, family-friendly, seasonal foods, family dinners, cooking for friends, and cooking with her child. You can her at The Expatriate's Kitchen.



3 Responses to Melamine-Tainted Candy Recall

  1. Pamela Price says:

    A few months ago, there was a big warning here about candy from Mexico. The contaminant? LEAD. Ugh.

  2. cchiovitti says:

    I remember the lead warnings too. Double Ugh.

  3. areyoukiddingme says:

    This is so sick……….Triple Ugh

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