Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The China Syndrome: US Recalls White Rabbit Candy

Updated October 1, 2008

FDA advised consumers yesterday evening that QFCO, Inc. (Burlingame, CA) has voluntarily recalled all flavors and package sizes of White Rabbit Candy, imported from China.

The candy can be identified by the presence of a white rabbit logo on the front, accompanied by the words "White Rabbit". Most flavors are sold in 7 oz. packages; the Creamy Candy is available in 8 oz. and 16 oz. package sizes.

The candy was sold through wholesale distributors to retailers in nine states: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The California Department of Public Health has posted a seven-page list of stores throughout California that carry the recalled candies. 

Consumer should note that the recalled candies are sold states other than the nine that are mentioned in the FDA recall notice. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has found melamine-contaminated White Rabbit candies for sale – mainly in Asian food stores – in that state. And the North Dakota Department of Health is warning consumers that the White Rabbit candies – and Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea – have been found in ethnic markets in that state, even though North Dakota was not mentioned on the official distribution list released by FDA. NEW Oct 1st

White Rabbit candies have been recalled in a number of countries, after government labs in Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand found melamine in samples of the White Rabbit Creamy Candy. The Canadian government issued a recall notice on September 25th.

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