HONG KONG Oct 6 A Hong Kong laboratory has found
excessive amounts of the industrial chemical melamine in two
types of Cadbury Plc chocolate made in China that the firm
recalled last week as a precaution.
Thousands of children in China have fallen sick and four have
died after drinking melamine-laced milk. The dairy scare, China's
latest in a long line of food safety problems, also prompted
mounting recalls and warnings abroad.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookies Chocolate Bulk Pack 5kg was found
to contain with 6.9 parts per million (ppm) of melamine and
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Bulk Pack 5 kg had 56 ppm,
a government statement said.
Under Hong Kong regulations, the limit for melamine in these
products is 2.5 ppm.
"Based on the levels detected, the public is advised to stop
consuming the products concerned," a spokesman for Hong Kong's
Centre for Food Safety said.
The British confectionary group last Monday announced the
recall of 11 Chinese-made products from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
and Australia as the scandal snowballed.
Tests in Hong Kong cleared another of the recalled products,
which was not named in the government statement, bringing to six
the number of Cadbury products with satisfactory levels of
melamine so far.
Three products were not available for tests, the Hong Kong
government statement said.
Chinese police have detained six people suspected of
producing and selling melamine, the official Xinhua news agency
(Reporting by John Ruwitch; Editing by Nick Macfie)