Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The China Syndrome: Canada Recalls Lotte Koala Cookies

As we predicted, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning consumers not to eat Lotte brand March Koala cookies, due to possibility that they may contain melamine.

Hong Kong issued an alert on these made-in-China cookies over the weekend after detecting melamine in three samples.

Although Hong Kong only named three varieties of the cookies, Lotte U.S.A., Inc. has included all production codes of the following seven items in its recall.

  • Koala’s March Chestnut Cookies: 270 g (10 x 27 g), UPC 0 81900 08010 1
  • Koala’s March Strawberry Creme: 270 g (10 x 27 g), UPC 0 81900 08902 9
  • Koala’s March White Chocolate Creme: 270 g (10 x 27 g), UPC 0 81900 08911 1
  • Koala’s March Chocolate Creme: 270 g (10 x 27 g), UPC 0 81900 08001 9
  • Koala’s March Chocolate Creme: 50 g, UPC 0 81900 00901 0
  • Koala’s March Strawberry Creme: 50 g, UPC 0 81900 00907 2
  • Koala’s March White Chocolate Creme: 50 g, UPC 0 81900 00911 9

CFIA advises that these products may have been distributed nationally; the agency is working with the importers to have them removed from the marketplace. 

If you have purchased any of the above-listed items, either in a store or over the Internet, please discard them. Under no circumstances should they be offered to children. For answers to any questions about this recall, consumers can contact CFIA, toll-free, at 1-800-442-2343 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.

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