Melamine found in Cadbury goods
Source of Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7641317.stm
Monday, 29 September 2008
Preliminary tests have found the chemical melamine in Cadbury's Chinese-made chocolates, the company says.
At least 50,000 Chinese babies have been sickened and four killed by milk tainted with the industrial chemical.
Cadbury had earlier recalled 11
chocolate types from mainland
It remains unclear how much melamine was in the recalled products, a Cadbury spokesman told the BBC.
He emphasised that the only goods affected were those made
in the company's
But many say they are facing pressure from the authorities to abandon their efforts, blaming government sensitivity.
"About two dozen of the lawyers have called these past days to say they want to quit the volunteer advice group," Beijing lawyer Li Fangping told Reuters news agency.
"Some of them said that they or their offices were told they would face serious repercussions if they stayed involved," he said.
In a statement issued by its
The products are the latest in a list of China-made foods and drinks that have been removed from shelves around the world in the wake of the scandal.
The two companies said they were investigating the claims, although their products had earlier been cleared of melamine tainting.
Some reports raised the possibility the products - including Oreo wafers, M&Ms and Snickers - could be counterfeit.
"We have asked our trade
partners and retailers to suspend the sales of our products in accordance to
the agency's order," the Mars spokesman in
The companies involved said they would conduct their own tests.
The scandal came to light earlier this month when baby milk powder from the Sanlu Group was found to contain the industrial chemical melamine.
Since then, at least 22 other companies have been implicated.
Melamine is used in making plastics and is high in nitrogen, which makes products appear to have a higher protein content.
Health experts say that ingesting small amounts does no harm but sustained use can cause kidney stones and renal failure, especially among the young.
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