Sunday, September 28, 2008

The China Syndrome: The Next Recall

We're going out on a limb, here. According to the eFoodAlert crystal ball, the next North American recalls of a food from China will be Lotte Koala biscuits.

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety reported yesterday that it had detected melamine in three samples of Lotte Koala biscuits, manufactured by Lotte China Foods Co., Ltd. 

Hong Kong has advised stores to withdraw the following biscuits from sale, and the importer has recalled them.

  • Lotte Koala Biscuit Family Pack, Chocolate Filled, Double Chocolate Flavor, Exp. Jan 29, 2010 – 68 ppm
  • Lotte Koala's March Chocolate Biscuit Family Pack, Exp. Jan 29, 2010 – 57 ppm
  • Lotte Koala Strawberry Biscuit Family Pack, Exp. Sep 26, 2009 - 4.3 ppm

Lotte Koala biscuits can be purchased easily over the Internet – even through They also are available in Asian and non-Asian supermarkets in the United States.

It will probably take a few days for the news to percolate through to US and Canadian health authorities. But – just like the Mr. Brown instant coffees and the White Rabbit candies – it will happen.

Please do not consume these biscuits. Please do not feed them to your children. And please think twice before knowingly consuming any food made in China, or containing an ingredient from China, until this mushrooming mess has been cleaned up.


  1. The picture is of a Nepali kid not Chinese.

  2. @Anonymous: Actually, the child is from Myanmar. We took this photo in Bago, en route from Yangon to Golden Rock.



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