Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The China Syndrome: Canada Recalls Milk Chocolate Coins

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced today that Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins contain melamine and are being recalled.

The Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins are packaged in 840g containers, containing 240 coins per container. The 840g packages can be identified by lot code 1928S1 and UPC 0 36077 11240 7. 

The coins are sold nationally through Costco and may also have been sold either individually or in bulk through other retailers across Canada. Coins that are sold individually or in bulk may not carry the identifying UPC or lot code.

Retailers and distributors of the coins have been asked to stop selling the product, and consumers are advised not to eat the milk chocolate coins. CFIA will be monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The melamine contamination was detected as part of CFIA's on-going investigation into milk-containing products from China. While the agency has not indicated the level of melamine found in the chocolate coins, Canada has adopted an interim standard of not more than 2.5 ppm melamine in most products, and not more than 1 ppm melamine in infant formulas, sole source nutrition products and meal replacement products.

For more information on this recall, consumers can contact CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

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