Friday, September 26, 2008

The China Syndrome: US issues 1st Melamine Recall Advisory

The US Food and Drug Administration today issued an updated health advisory regarding the possibility of melamine contamination in foods imported from China.

According to today's notice, King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd., has recalled the following Mr. Brown brand instant coffees and milk tea products due to possible melamine contamination.

  • Mr. Brown Mandheling Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown Arabica Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown Blue Mountain Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown Caramel Macchiato Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown French Vanilla Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown Mandhling Blend instant Coffee (2-in-1)
  • Mr. Brown Milk Tea (3-in-1)

Readers may remember that the Taiwan government was the first to detect melamine contamination in Mr. Brown products. Canada issued a recall of Mr. Brown products earlier this week.

FDA also is advising US consumers that New Zealand has found melamine in White Rabbit Creamy Candies, and that these candies should not be eaten. Again, Canada already has issued a formal recall notice for these candies.


  1. On 2 October, melamine was found in Nestlé products in Taiwan and Nestlé was called to de-list these products. Nestlé
    issued a press release headlined: "Nestlé fails to understand temporary delisting request" arguing the Taiwan tests are
    too stringent.
    In Hong Kong the Nestlé Dairy Farm UHT Pure Milk was found with melamine contamination at 1.4 ppm (parts per
    million), above the official limit of 1 ppm, but below the WHO 'tolerable level' of 3.3 ppm (though the WHO states on their website "Addition of melamine into food is not approved by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius (food standard commission), or by any national authorities.).
    There are media reports of one child fed on Nestlé milk in Macau being hospitalized with kidney stones(see the Macau Daily Times 24 September).
    Nestlé has overstated its case by claiming 'no melamine' was detected. At the same time, it tries to suggest that
    contamination is normal stating: "melamine is found throughout the food chain across the world in minute traces which do
    not represent any health risk for consumers."

    Q. - Why should there be ANY acceptable level of Melamine in the food supply when it is not actually a food or protein and is only used to CHEAT QUALITY TESTS by giving false protein readings?!?

    Some of the American companies reported by AP thus far implicated in the melamine contamination are: Nestle, Cadbury, Mars, Lipton, Nabisco, Kraft, Heinz and Pizza Hut.

  2. Hi maryif,

    Please check out my latest post for some answers.

    Thanks for visiting.



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