Cadbury recalls chocolates in Australia
China-made sweets detected traces of melamine
British candy maker Cadbury recalled a brand of chocolates from stores in Australia after preliminary testing on the China-made sweets detected traces of melamine, the industrial chemical that has sickened tens of thousands of Chinese children, The Associated Press reported.
Retailers across Australia were told late Monday to pull bags of Cadbury Eclairs from their shelves. The candies are the only China-made Cadbury product imported into Australia, Daniel Ellis, Cadbury`s spokesman in Australia, said Tuesday.
"We just have done this as a precautionary measure to maintain our high quality standards," Ellis said.
A Cadbury spokesman in the U.K. said in a telephone interview Monday that preliminary test results showed traces of melamine in chocolates made in the company`s factory in Beijing, but said it was not yet known how much of the chemical was in them. The spokesman declined to be named because of company policy.
Ellis said the London-based company was testing the chocolates to determine any presence of melamine, a chemical that is high in nitrogen and is believed to have been added to watered-down milk to mask the resulting protein deficiency in food quality tests.
Results from Cadbury`s tests are expected later this week, he said.
Milk used in other Cadbury products sold in Australia is produced domestically or in New Zealand, he said.
Cadbury recalled 11 items sold in the Asia-Pacific region on Monday, including the eclairs. The recalled chocolates are also sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nauru and Christmas Island.
The eclair recall is the latest fallout from the melamine debacle in China. Australian food regulators recalled White Rabbit candies last week, after testing in New Zealand confirmed the product contained enough melamine to cause health problems in some people. The government food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, then began testing all products from China that contain dairy ingredients.
Test results on those products have not yet detected melamine, the agency said in a statement Monday.