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Kraft, Mars, Cadbury Hit by Chinese Tainting Scandal

Melamine concerns prompt recall, probe
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2008 9:48 AM CDT
Kraft, Mars, Cadbury Hit by Chinese Tainting Scandal
An Indonesian health ministry official collects food products which are suspected to contain Chinese milk at a supermarket in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

(Newser) – Kraft and Mars are investigating claims by the Indonesian government that products including Oreos, M&Ms, and Snickers imported from China are tainted with melamine, PerthNow reports. The company notes that the products tested melamine-free elsewhere in Asia, and suggests that they could be counterfeit. Still, the firms are supporting a recall. Meanwhile, Cadbury is pulling 11 chocolate products from Hong Kong shelves, the BBC reports.

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Cadbury officials didn’t specify whether the chocolates had been found to contain melamine, but said their tests "cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China." “We appeal to the public to stop consuming the chocolate products concerned,” says a food safety official.
(Read more melamine stories.)

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