We need to be aware of where our chocolate is coming from. Is it from a manufacturing plant in China? If so, it could be contaminated with melamine, that same chemical that has been found to have contaminated baby formula!
Cadbury recalls Chinese-made candy in chemical scare
All recalled products produced in Cadbury's Beijing plant
Candy distributed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, 2 small islands
22 more arrested in tainted-milk case, raising total to 40
Milk contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical
The following 11 products are included in the recall, according to Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety:
• Cadbury Dark Chocette, 45 grams.
• Cadbury Dark Chocette, 80 grams.
• Cadbury Eclairs, 180 grams.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Pumpkin, 150 grams.
• Cadbury Dark Chocolate, 40 grams.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dark Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookies Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Hazelnut Praline Chocolate (2008 Chinese New Year), 312
Other candy companies have opened up factories in China:
Nestlé opens new milk factory in China
Vevey, July 5, 2007
Nestlé today inaugurated a new state-of-the-art milk factory in Erguna, near Hulunbeir, in the Chinese Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The ceremony took place in the presence of the regional authorities and Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman and CEO of the Nestlé Group.
Since the Nestlé Group began investing in China two decades ago, the Company has opened 21 factories in 18 different sites across the country and today employs about 13,000 people. In 2006, Nestlé had sales of CHF 1.9 billion in China.
The new milk powder factory is situated in an area of high-quality natural grasslands and will help Nestlé to cope with increasing consumer demand for the Company's milk products. Today, Nestlé buys fresh milk from some 40,000 Chinese farmers and provides them with an overall regular income of around CHF 500,000 per day, fostering a rural sustainable development for the communities concerned. At least 200,000 people benefit directly and indirectly from Nestlé’s milk activities in China. In addition to being a reliable and regular buyer of fresh milk, Nestlé has provided daily technical assistance to the farmers over the last 20 years, helping them to increase the quality, quantity and efficiency of their fresh milk production
Hershey, Mars say their candy safe from melamine
American candy companies Mars and Hershey say their candy is safe to eat after Cadbury discovered the industrial chemical melamine in some of its Chinese-made chocolates.
The Hershey Co. said Monday it has never purchased milk ingredients, including powdered milk, from China.
Mars North America said in a statement that its operations in China do not get any ingredients from companies found to be selling melamine-contaminated dairy products. It says the Chinese food-safety agency tested samples of Mars China's milk powder suppliers and found them to be free of melamine.
Mars makes Snickers and M&Ms. Hershey makes Hershey's Kisses and Reese's brands.
Cadbury announced Monday that it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates that were found to contain melamine.