Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tainted Instant Coffee and Milk Tea

The rest of the world, rightly, doesn't want anything to do with Chinese drinks.

From Bloomberg:

Sept. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Seven instant coffee and milk tea products made in China are being recalled in the U.S. because of possible contamination with melamine, as health fears increased worldwide over the safety of Chinese dairy exports.

The Mr. Brown brand mixes are being recalled by King Car Food Industrial Co., based in Taiwan, and were made by China's Shandong Duqing Inc., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today in a statement. The agency said consumers shouldn't use the products.

The recall is the first announced by the FDA since milk tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical, was tied in China to the deaths of at least four babies and the illnesses of an estimated 53,000 children. The 27-nation European Union yesterday banned all imports of dairy-based Chinese food products for children and infants. India also has placed a three-month ban on diary products from China.

"The FDA is still in the process of determining how widespread the distribution is of Mr. Brown products in the United States,'' said Stephanie Kwisnek, an FDA spokeswoman, in an e-mail.

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I'm trying my best not to drink any Chinese dairy products.

Thankfully, I don't drink instant coffee any more. I only drink the real thing. I do drink milk tea from the store sometimes, but that is Lipton brand. I won't be touching any of the Chinese brands of that kind of stuff any time soon.

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