(AFP) – Sep 25, 2008
OTTAWA (AFP) — Canadian health authorities Thursday warned the public against the distribution and consumption of a Chinese candy product that may be contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has identified all White Rabbit brand candy as being affected by this alert and has advised importers and distributors to work towards removing all such products from the marketplace.
No cases of illness associated with the consumption of White Rabbit products have been reported in Canada, the CFIA said.
The agency's alert is part of the wider, ongoing investigation into all dairy products from China that have been distributed in Canada.
On Friday the maker of White Rabbit candy announced it was halting domestic sales after its products were found to contain melamine.
Guanshengyuan, producer of the milk-based candy, had previously recalled its exports after Singapore authorities said they tested positive for melamine, a chemical used to make plastic, a spokesman said.
"We've recalled white rabbit candy for export overseas, and we are temporarily halting domestic sales," said the spokesman who declined to be named.
The spokesman said the company was working with the government to ensure the product was safe so that sales could resume.
"We will hit the market soon with the newly produced qualified White Rabbit candy," he said.
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