The French agriculture ministry has ordered an end to sales of "White Rabbit" sweets and "Koala" biscuits in France, found to contain the toxic chemical melamine at the centre of an international health scare.
French authorities have found Chinese sweets made with milk tainted by the industrial chemical at the centre of a massive international health scare, the agriculture ministry said Friday.
The ministry ordered an end to sales of "White Rabbit" sweets and "Koala" biscuits in France, and warned consumers to destroy or return them as they have been found to contain the toxic chemical melamine.
In China, four babies have died of kidney failure and at least 53,000 children have fallen sick after consuming products laced with melamine, which fraudulent dairies use to enhance nitrogen levels in watered-down milk.
"The first results of tests conducted in France have shown a melamine level above the warning level set by the European Commission at 2.5 milligrammes per kilo," the statement said.
So far, no health problems have been detected in France as a result of the contamination, it added, ordering that the products be taken immediately off the market and advising consumers not to order more from the Internet.
After first being detected in milk powder made by China's Sanlu Group, more than 20 Chinese companies have been found to have had contaminated products, including industry giants such as Mengniu, Yili and Bright Dairy.
Melamine has since been detected around the world, in dairy ice cream, milk drinks, biscuits, sweets, milk tea, flavoured peanuts and chocolate bars, and several countries have banned dairy imports from China.
Date created : 2008-10-10