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Wyeth recalls infant formula from Philippine markets

MANILA, June 20 (Reuters) - Wyeth Philippines, a subsidiary of U.S. drug maker Wyeth WYE.N, said on Wednesday it was recalling tinned infant formula manufactured last year because some of the cans had rusted.

Wyeth said products manufactured between May 23, 2006 and July 26, 2006 were being recalled. It did not say how many cans of infant formula these comprised.

Local newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Wednesday the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) had ordered Wyeth to recall 2.5 million cans of instant formula after receiving reports the cans had rusted and could be contaminated.

Wyeth, in a statement, said some of the containers had rust spots on the outside rim but did not say how many cans were affected.

“Tests conducted by Wyeth showed the milk powder inside the affected cans was not compromised and the integrity of the milk powder was maintained,” Wyeth said.

“No sickness or injury had been reported by Wyeth from the affected products,” it added in the statement.

((Reporting by Karen Lema; editing by Valerie Lee; karen.lema@reuters.com; +841 8938)) Keywords: PHILIPPINES BABYFOOD

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