September 30, 2008

Cadbury Chocolate Recalled in Tainted Milk Powder Scare

CADBURY chocolate made in China is being recalled as a precaution against tainted milk powder which has left four dead and thousands ill across the country.

The announcement was made by the Hong Kong Government today after Cadbury Asia Pacific informed it that it would be recalling 11 types of chocolate made in its Beijing factory.

Tony Bilsborough, spokesman for Cadbury, said: "Our Asian Pacific business has taken this step as a purely precautionary measure.

"All evidence is that the products are perfectly safe but this action has been taken to ensure there is no risk.

"All of the products affected are from one factory in Beijing and none of them have been shipped to Europe."

Authorities in China have said some suppliers may have watered down milk to increase profits and could have added the industrial chemical melamine to fool quality tests for protein.

The chemical is used in industry to manufacture plastic. Consuming small amounts is unlikely to cause sickness but prolonged use can cause renal failure.

Cadbury eclairs, dark and milk chocolate, hazelnut and praline chocolate, dark chocettes, and products made for the Chinese New Year are among the products affected.

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