Cadbury pulls melamine-laced chocolate made in China
British candy maker Cadbury said Monday it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.
A Cadbury spokesman said it is too early to say how much of the chemical was in the chocolates made at its Beijing plant (USA Today).
The company said its dairy suppliers are generally cleared by government milk testing.
Melamine-laced baby formula and other dairy products in China have been blamed for sickening nearly 54,000 children and leading to four infant deaths. The industrial chemical, which is high in nitrogen, is believed to have been added to watered-down milk to mask the resulting protein deficiency and fool quality tests, according to The New York Times.
Police raided dairy farms and milk purchasing stations in northern China, detaining 22 people accused of being involved in a network that manufactured, sold and added melamine to milk, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. Police also seized more than 485 pounds of the chemical, according to an article from the New York Times.
*It is interesting to note the differences between these two stories; the information varies. It makes me wonder who is the more credible source since the information does not match up.*