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Popular candy tainted with melamine

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Guanshengyuan, producer of the "White Rabbit" milk-based candy, has halted sales and recalled exports after Singapore authorities found the candies to contain melamine.

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The maker of one of China's best known brands, White Rabbit candy, announced Friday it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine.

Guanshengyuan, producer of the milk-based candy, had previously recalled its exports after Singapore authorities said they tested positive for melamine, a chemical used to make plastic, a spokesman said.

"We've recalled white rabbit candy for export overseas, and we are temporarily halting domestic sales," said the spokesman who declined to be named.

The spokesman said the company was working with the government to ensure the product was safe so that sales could resume.

"We will hit the market soon with the newly produced qualified White Rabbit candy," he said.

The announcement is the latest hit in a scandal that has left 53,000 Chinese children sickened and four dead after drinking milk containing melamine.

When added to milk, the industrial chemical can make it appear richer in protein.

Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority said on Sunday that samples of White Rabbit imported from China were contaminated with melamine.

Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau is conducting its own tests on the confectionery, but the results have yet to be released, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Canadian health authorities on Thursday also recommended a recall of White Rabbit as part of an investigation into all dairy products from China.

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