October 8, 2008

Recalled Chinese Candy Found in State


Wisconsin consumers were being warned Tuesday to throw out White Rabbit candy, a Chinese product that may contain the dangerous chemical melamine and that has been found in three cities in the state.

The imported product has been found in Eau Claire, Sheboygan and Wausau, as well as in a Wisconsin grocery distribution center, according to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

It has been found in grocery stores as well as Asian specialty markets.

"It may also have been sold in stores in other locations prior to the recall, so consumers may have it in their homes," the department said.

To date, no illnesses associated with the candy have been reported in Wisconsin or in the United States.

White Rabbit comes in a variety of flavors. The creamy candy is sold in 8- and 16-ounce bags. Red bean, coffee, corn, lychee, mango, strawberry and assortments are sold in 7-ounce bags. All have a white rabbit design on the front.

The department said the candy can be thrown out or returned to the store for a refund.

Questions about the product can be directed to QFCO Inc., the Burlingame, Calif., company that imported and distributed the candy, at (650) 697-6633.

QFCO recalled the candy on Sept. 26, although Wisconsin was not on the original recall list.

For more information, go to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site at www.fda.gov.

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