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Asian and African States Ban China Milk

September 25, 2008

More than a dozen countries in Asia and Africa have banned China dairy imports, and several others had recalled products by Wednesday, fearing potentially lethal melamine-tainted milk has made its way to their markets.

Here is a list of how different countries are reacting.

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IMPORT BANS

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BANGLADESH: Three Chinese powdered milk brands, Sanlu, Suncare and Yashili, were banned. Melamine tests will be introduced on all milk powder imports at Bangladeshi seaports.

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BHUTAN: Chinese milk products were banned on Tuesday as the authorities investigate any such products sold in the country.

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BRUNEI: All Chinese milk products were banned by Health Ministry, even though Brunei does not directly import dairy products from China.

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BURUNDI: Import and sale of Chinese milk products were banned on Saturday.

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GABON: A ban was introduced at the same time as in Burundi.

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GHANA: The Food and Drug Board suspended imports of all milk and milk-based products made in China on Tuesday.

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INDONESIA: Imports of China dairy products were banned on Tuesday.

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IVORY COAST: Imports of milk products from China were banned.

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MALAYSIA: All Chinese milk imports, as well as chocolates, sweets and other foods containing milk, were banned.

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PHILIPPINES: The import and sale of milk products from China were banned on Tuesday.

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SINGAPORE: On Sept. 19 the city-state banned the import and sale of milk products from China after finding melamine in two China- made products: “Dutch Lady” strawberry-flavored milk, and Yili Brand ice confection. White Rabbit Creamy Candy was pulled from shelves on Sunday after melamine contamination was found.

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TAIWAN: All China-made dairy products were banned on Sunday. A milk-testing station was set up for consumers in Taipei on Monday. A local firm, King Car Group, recalled 120,000 boxes of Chinese dairy products on Sunday after eight types of items containing milk powder, including an instant soup and seven flavors of powdered coffee drinks, tested positive for melamine.

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TANZANIA: All China dairy imports were suspended and 34 tons of China-made milk powder were seized on Tuesday.

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PRODUCT RECALLS

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CANADA: Boxes of the Chinese dessert mix Nissin Retort Pouch Cha Cha Dessert, which contains a Yili milk product, were recalled after the product failed tests in Hong Kong. The country also expanded its checks of other Chinese dairy products.

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CHINA: Powdered and fresh milk products from the 22 companies named as having sold melamine-contaminated milk have been removed. Also, the coffee chain Starbucks withdrew milk from Mengniu Dairy, whose product tested positive, from its 300 outlets in China. The German retailer Metro has withdrawn Sanlu and other suspect milk brands from two of its 37 stores in China, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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HONG KONG: All Yili products, including milk, ice cream, ice bars and yogurt products, were recalled last Thursday. Nestle milk powder was taken off shelves after a newspaper reported it contained melamine, although the Swiss food group said it was confident that its products were melamine-free. However, its Nestle Dairy Farm Pure Milk tested positive for the toxic compound at the territory’s food safety center. Nissin Retort Pouch Cha Cha Dessert, which contains a Yili milk product, was recalled by Nissin Foods after testing positive for melamine.

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JAPAN: Marudai Food withdrew five types of buns made with milk imported from China’s Yili dairy firm.

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MYANMAR: The Chinese producers Yashili and Suncare said last week that they would recall milk formula from Myanmar and from Bangladesh, Burundi, Gabon and Yemen.

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YEMEN: The Ministry of Industry and Trade ordered a suspect Chinese milk powder taken out of the country’s markets last Friday.

Originally published by Reuters.

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