September 2008

According to a story on CNN, British candy maker Cadbury, has recalled all of its Chinese-made candy products, because of fears that the candy may contain the chemical melamine.  Melamine has been illegally added to food, including baby milk in China, to increase the food’s apparent protein content (the milk was diluted with water, to make more of the milk, and then melamine was added to fool the tests which measure protein and ensure the milk is not diluted).  The Chinese baby milk incident created over 53,000 illnesses, sent 12,800 babies to the hospital, and so far has resulted in 4 infant deaths. 

Melamine is known to cause renal and urinary problems, including kidney stones and renal failure.  In addition, when diluted milk is fed to babies, they do not get the nutrition they need.  In a past scare, 13 babies who ingested diluted milk died of malnutrition. 

The China Bystander Blog, in a post titled “Missing Melamine”, emphasizes the significance of the Cadbury recall:  

“(A)ll of the dairy suppliers to Cadbury’s Beijing plant had earlier been given the all-clear by the Chinese testing. It was the company’s own tests that uncovered the traces of melamine, although the source and extent is not yet clear. ‘We have received results that cast doubt on the integrity of a range of our products manufactured in China,” the company said.”

Eleven products are involved in the Cadbury recall, including:

• Cadbury Dark Chocette, 45 grams.
• Cadbury Dark Chocette, 80 grams.
• Cadbury Eclairs, 180 grams.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Pumpkin, 150 grams.
• Cadbury Dark Chocolate, 40 grams.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dark Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Cookies Chocolate Bulk Pack, 5 kilograms.
• Cadbury Hazelnut Praline Chocolate (2008 Chinese New Year), 312 grams.
• Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate (2008 Chinese New Year), 300 grams.

The recalled products were all sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia.


The CPSC issued a voulntary recall of MacGregor and Mitre folding soccer goals, according to a story on the  A 20 month old child was strangled in one of the nets.  The CPSC also received another report of a childs head becoming entangled in the goal’s net.  The gaps in the soccer net should be less than 17 inches or greater than 28 inches to prevent strangulation or entrapment.  The nets in the McGregor and Mitre goals have 20 inch gaps, which are considered dangerous.  According to the CPSC website, the goals were sold at Walmart, Ace Hardward and various sports and toy stores, between May 2002 and May 2008, for $26.  The goals were made in China.  The CPSC website has pictures of the product involved in the recall.

According to a story on the website, the NHTSA has issued a second consumer advisory, regarding 5 million Ford vehicles.  The original recall involved a faulty cruise control switch system, which lead to engine fires.  The specific vehicles involved in the recall include 1993-2004 Ford F-150 trucks, 1993-1996 Ford Broncos, 1994-2002 F250 through F550 Super duty trucks with gasoline engines, and 1998-2001 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs.  12 million vehicles were part of the initial recall and 5 million of those remain unrepaired.  The official NHTSA consumer advisory is here.