Mumbai: Cadbury Asia Pacific, the Asian arm of UK confectionery giant Cadbury Plc, has recalled 11 types of its Chinese-made chocolate as a precaution, the Hong Kong government said in a statement.
In a statement, issued from its Singapore office, Cadbury said it has recalled 11 chocolate products as tests ''cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China.''
The products were meant for distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia, its said.
Tests ''cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China,'' Cadbury said in the statement issued from its office in Singapore
The news comes close on the heels of Indonesian authorities' claims that high traces of melamine were found in Kraft Food's Oreo biscuits and Mars' M&Ms and Snickers imported from China.
British supermarket chain Tesco has removed it off its shelves as samples tested positive for melamine in Singapore and New Zealand.
The European Union has announced a total ban on imports of any baby food products from China that contain traces of milk, although it does not import Chinese infant milk powder, and has intensified inspection of composite products like bread and chocolate coming from China.
The European Food Safety Agency based in Italy said, "In worst case scenarios with the highest level of contamination, children with high daily consumption of milk toffee, chocolate or biscuits containing high levels of milk products would exceed the tolerable daily intake."
Indonesia's Food and Drug Monitoring Agency said a dozen products distributed across the country had repeatedly tested positive last week and that they were investigating the issue.
Cadbury, the latest foreign company affected by China's tainted milk scandal, told the Hong Kong government's Center for Food Safety that the chocolates were made in Cadbury's factory in Beijing, according to the government statement.
While it wasn't clear if tests found the industrial chemical melamine in the chocolates and biscuits, the presence of melamine in baby milk powder distributed in China recently had caused the death of at least four children while some 54,000 others have developed kidney stones.
Food safety authorites fear suppliers might have added melamine to watered-down milk to deceive quality tests for protein.
The two American food companies – Kraft and Mars – said they would abide by the recall order and that they were also investigating the possibility of Oreo biscuits, M&Ms and Snickers imported from China containing high traces of melamine.
Countries around the world have are investigating the presence of contaminated milk powder in the markets following the Chinese tragedy.
India, Bangladesh, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Burundi, Kenya and Gabon have put a maximum or partial ban on Chinese dairy imports or foods that may contain milk. Vietnam has ordered testing of all Chinese milk products and pulled several thousand gallons of milk from supermarket shelves.