Global impact of tainted Chinese milk grows

by Staff
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BEIJING, CHINA — Issues with melamine-tainted milk from China continue to grow worldwide with affects felt in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Japan now has suspended imports of milk and milk products from China and pulled some snack products, and Hong Kong has found traces of melamine in Heinz baby cereal and Silang House steamed potato wasabi crackers, according to the Associated Press.

Specifically, Japanese cream buns, meat buns and creamed corn crepes from Marudai Food Co. have been pulled, although there have been no reports of health problems from possible contamination. Taiwan also said three children and a mother with kidney stones as a result of possible milk contamination.

Beyond this, the scandal continues to affect major food companies with international operations. Cadbury is pulling products from the China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia markets.

"We believe it is appropriate to take a precautionary step to withdraw from the market all of our Cadbury chocolate products that have been manufactured in Beijing pending further supply of fresh products," Cadbury said. "The products that are affected by this withdraw include a range of Cadbury chocolate products and Choclairs, all produced in our Beijing plant. Cadbury products manufactured at our Beijing plant are only exported to Taiwan, Hong Kong and one product only to Australia."

Cadbury said no other products and countries are affected, and Chinese dairy products are not used in any other Cadbury products manufactured outside of China.

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