The Chinese melamine scare has spread far and wide across the globe (proving the powerful reach of China-made products) and so the European Commission announced several measures last week to protect Europeans from melamine-contaminated milk (and other melamine-contaminated products).
The Commission banned all China-sourced products for infants and young children that contain any percentage of milk even though food operators assure that such milk products have not been imported into the European Union.
All imported products from China containing more than 15% of milk powder will also be tested upon entry into the EU, the Commission said. This is a precautionary measure as according to the agency, the EU imported last year from China about 19,500 tonnes of confectionary products, such as pastry, cake and biscuits and about 1,250 tonnes of chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa.
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration alerted consumers and retailer on September 26 about seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products being recalled by the Taiwanese company King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd due to possible melamine contamination. The FDA said no melamine contamination has been found yet in milk-based Chinese products imported into the US but the agency continues to work with regulatory agencies in other countries.
One product tested for positive contamination in New Zealand is White Rabbit Creamy Candies, according to the FDA. The agency is advising any individuals who get sick from eating the candy to contact their doctors as soon as possible.