Thursday, October 30, 2008

The China Syndrome: Trick or Treat?

The UK Food Safety Agency advises that Lucky Dip (Nottingham) Ltd. has recalled two batches of novelty chocolates because of melamine contamination. The chocolates were manufactured for Lucky Dip by Le Bang Chocolate Food Company (Zhongshan, China) and distributed to retail stores in the UK. 

Le Bang also manufactured the "I Love You" body pens and other adult novelty candies recalled two weeks ago by Scobie (Llarn) Ltd.

Today's recall covers the following two items (follow the link for pictures of the recalled candies):

  • Lucky Dip Delicious Christmas Treat Chocolate Pop, 25g; Batch code 228; Best before 30/09/09
  • Lucky Dip Delicious Halloween Treat Chocolate Pop, 25g; Batch code 358; Best before 30/09/09

The recalled items were found to contain 28.9 ppm and 46.2 ppm of melamine, respectively – more than 10 times the provisional international maximum acceptable level of 2.5 ppm for this type of product. Anyone who has purchased one of the recalled items should either discard it or return it to the store for a refund.

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