Asian tests, recalls on China milk products continue

29 September 2008 13:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Asian countries were continuing on Monday to take precautions against Chinese melamine-tainted milk products which have killed four children and made more than 50,000 ill in China.

The Indonesian Health Ministry has detected traces of the toxic chemical in 12 food products from China.

Hong Kong authorities said it will conduct tests on Cadbury’s products after the British confectionery group recalled 11 chocolate products made at its Beijing plant from various countries in the region including Australia.

Cadbury's said the move was a "precautionary step".

"We appeal to the public to stop consuming the chocolate products concerned," a spokesperson from HK’s Centre for Food Safety said on Monday. "We are closely monitoring the situation."

Official Chinese news agency Xinhua on Monday said authorities in northern Hebei province had detained 22 people allegedly connected to the contamination of milk with melamine.

Across the world, countries have been banning imports of Chinese dairy goods on fears of melamine contamination, while supermarket chains have been recalling or restricting products.

The only confirmed victims of the tainted milk products have been five children in Hong Kong and one in Macao, according to media reports.

Melamine is normally used in the production of plastics, fertilizers and in industrial adhesives, but some buyers in China had added the toxic chemical to milk products to make them appear rich in protein content.

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By: Leon Toh
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