UNDATED (WVLT) -- It's almost time to stock up on the sweets and take the kids around the neighborhood to collect their own candy for Halloween. But with the holiday just a little more than a month away, a major candy manufacturer is recalling some of their treats. They are 11 Cadbury products manufactured in China and distributed around the region, but other companies including Hershey's, Mars, and Kraft Foods also distribute the products around the world.
The sweet treats have some not so sweet side effects after some candy is discovered to be tainted with a chemical in China. Carol Beckler, a local grandmother, says "seems like every year at Halloween something comes up and makes you even more fearful when you have young ones that would love to get to trick-or-treat."
The chemical found is Melamine. A nitrogen based product used in fertilizers, glues, and other industrial materials. Officials say the chemical has been used in China to allow companies to pass tests and disguise substandard milk. Debbie Barnes says "I read labels and there's things I don't buy now."
Melamine found in milk powder and milk products in China is blamed for the deaths of 4 infants and more than 50,000 others have been hospitalized.
So what about candy sold in the U.S.? The British confectionery company, Cadbury is the latest to find the contaminated milk in their products manufactured in China, but right now, none of their products in the U.S. are being recalled. Which has Carol Beckler thinking "it is very scary especially when you've got young children involved." American candy companies Mars and Hershey say their candy is safe to eat. The Hershey Company says it has never purchased milk ingredients, including powdered milk, from China. And Mars North America said in a statement their operations in China do not get any ingredients from companies found to be selling melamine-contaminated dairy products.
Debbie says "they're going to be afraid to buy candy, so what you'll find is people buying locally, you'll probably find people doing their own candy apples." Right now, there are no voluntary recalls of candy in the U.S. due to the melamine contamination in China. On the Food and Drug Administration's website they say for people to be careful of ordering any milk based products on the Internet as well as products at local Chinese markets.
Melamine is the chemical behind the pet food recall last year that killed and sickened many dogs and cats in the U.S.
And the only melamine related recall affecting the U.S. that the FDA has posted is for Mr. Brown Instant Coffee and Milk Tea products and the Chinese White Rabbit Creamy Candy.
For more information from the FDA CLICK HERE.
Recalled Cadbury products:
Cadbury Dark Chocette 45 g
Cadbury Dark Chocette 80 g
Cadbury Eclairs 180 g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 150 g Pumpkin
Cadbury Dark Chocolate 40 g
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bulk Pack 5 kg
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Bulk Pack 5 kg
Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookies Chocolate Bulk Pack 5 kg
Cadbury Hazelnut Praline Chocolate 312 g (2008 Chinese New Year)
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 300 g (2008 Chinese New Year)
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