Thursday, September 11, 2008

Creamy Soup and Cut-Rate Milk Power: A China Connection?

Campbell Soup Asia Limited, a Hong Kong-based company, has recalled two varieties of canned soup because of an unspecified off-smell, according to an announcement made by Hong Kong's Centre for Food Protection.

The recalled soup products are:

  • Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (405g/14.3 oz)
  • Condensed Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup (410g/14.5 oz)

No production codes or lot numbers have been indicated. Consumers, merchants and anyone else in need of additional details should contact Campbell Soup Asia at: 3128 8022.

Separately, China's Xinhua News Agency reports that 14 babies have been hospitalized with kidney stones in Gansu province. All of the infants – none of them older than 11 months – had been fed Sanlu milk powder, described as a "cheap" brand in the news report. Sanlu Group is blaming the problem on "market pirates" and has sent its own investigators to the region to look into the problem.

Is this coincidence, or has some sub-standard milk powder found its way into those Campbell "creamy" soups?

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