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The FDA has issued a couple of recalls on products - but there are very few on the list.

QFCO, Inc. Recalls White Rabbit Candy Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- September 26, 2008 -- QFCO, Inc. of Burlingame, California is recalling White Rabbit Candy because it may be contaminated with Melamine.
The White Rabbit Creamy Candy is sold in 8 or 16 oz packages. All other flavors of White Rabbit Candy, including Assorted (Chocolate, Coconut, and Coffee), Red Bean, Coffee, Corn, Lychee, Mango and Strawberry are sold in 7 oz. packages. All packaging has a logo of a white rabbit on the front with the words "White Rabbit".

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 1, 2008 – Sunny Maid Corp. of Monterey Park, California is voluntarily recalling Mr. Brown 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIXES, because they are potentially contaminated with melamine.
The Mr. Brown 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIXES are sold in PLASTIC BAGS, each containing 30 individual packets. Although seven flavors are available in Asia, ONLY THREE FLAVORS ARE IMPORTED INTO THE U.S. The three flavors being recalled are:
1. Mr. Brown 3-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Mandheling;
2. Mr. Brown 3-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Arabica;
3. Mr. Brown 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Mandheling.

Tristar Food Wholesale Co Inc. Issues a Nationwide recall of Blue Cat Flavor Drink Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 3, 2008 -- Tristar Food, Jersey City, NJ is initiating a nationwide recall of all of their 100 ml plastic bottle packages of Blue Cat Flavor Drink (Lanmao) because it may be contaminated with Melamine.

HUA XIA Food Trade USA, Inc. Recalls YILI Brand Sour Milk Drink and YILI Brand Pure Milk Drink, Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 10, 2008 -- HUA XIA Food Trade USA, Inc. of Flushing, NY, is recalling YILI Brand Sour Milk Drink packaged in 250ml flexible paperboard boxes (all codes and all lots are affected) and YILI Brand Pure Milk Drink packaged in 250ml flexible paperboard boxes (all codes and all lots are affected) because it may be contaminated with melamine.

Lotte USA, Inc. Initiates Nationwide Recall of Koala's March Crème filled Cookies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 17, 2008 -- Lotte USA, Inc., Battle Creek, MI initiated a recall of all Koalas' March Cookies on September 29, 2008 because they were produced in China and they may be contaminated with melamine. The products are packaged in a plastic overwrap and the recall includes the following products:
Koala March King Size Chocolate 1.8 oz 50 grams
UPC 0 81900 00001 7
Koala March King Size Strawberry 1.8 oz/50 grams
UPC 0 81900 00007 9
Koala March King Size White Chocolate 1.8 oz/50 grams
UPC 0 81900 00011 6
Koala March Family Pack Chocolate 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08001 9
Koala March Family Pack Strawberry 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08002 6
Koala March Family Pack White Chocolate 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08011 8
Koala March Family Pack Chestnut 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08010 1
Koala March Family Hawaii Chocolate 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08003 3
Koala March Family Hawaii Pineapple 9.5 oz/270 grams
UPC 0 81900 08004 0

I may have missed one in there, so here's a link to the FDA recall site:
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts


Honestly folks, there's many, many more recalls and alerts regarding undisclosed allergens than there are about any chemical contamination.

Chances are very high that the candy our children (and ourselves) will be enjoying Halloween and the days following will be quite safe for consumption.

Additionally, the infants that have become ill (some of which have indeed died) in China have been sickened due to prolonged exposure to melamine, in large quantities (anyone who's had an infant on formula knows just how much they consume).
Chances of consuming that level of melamine for an adult, or even a child, through candy is pretty low...I'd worry about diabetes first, if you're eating that much candy!!!
 

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Joe, thanks for the list.
But it's better to be safe than sick.
Or worse.
I absolutely agree RJ - and I want to thank you for bringing this to light, as most people probably never knew about it!

Flip side of the coin: things like this can too easily start a panic...I'm just trying to let folks know not to toss out all their kids candy over this, until they check first.


...and Cadaverino, yes, I might trust the FDA a touch more than that video, but only a little.
After all, it is still a government agency **shudder**
 

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Thanks very much Joe. I had no idea! Since I control the email list for the entire neighborhood, I'm sending this out through a group email alert and putting it on our neighborhood website!
 

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I sent this to all of my friends , family and our local Television Station. Thankyou very much for getting this out into the public eye !
 

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Well at least the government could punish such companies that make these products and ban them forever. No buying means their closure
They won't. The gov is too scared to piss off another large gov. Especially right now. China's getting alot of money off of us. Mostly from greedy companies such as these.
 

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Well at least the government could punish such companies that make these products and ban them forever. No buying means their closure
Which government, the Chinese or American? There have been no recorded cases of illness in the United States linked to the recent episodes of melamine contamination in Chinese products.
 

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you won't find it if you're not looking. That's what the gov't is trying to do now w/ mad cow, stop testing the cows all together (right now they test less than 1%). i'm sure that if ALL the candy manufacturers traced their ingredients at least one or two more would find their source at least partly coming from this place. But does Mars, Hershey, or Nestle want that to go public at halloween? HELL NO! Especially at this time of year, they'd take a huge hit.

There's no way to be sure, so be safe- try to see if there's a country of origin on the package. Even if it's USA they still might use imported ingredients, as most companies do. Until that labelling is mandatory, we take a gamble every time we eat.
 
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