Chocolate coins recalled due to melamine risk

October 9, 2008 in Food Companies, Manufacturing and Trends, Nutrition Topics in the News

Chocolate coins recalled due to melamine risk

To initiate a voluntary recall, retailers are advised to stop distributing Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins due to positive test results for melamine.

This product is sold at Costco stores and various dollar and bulk stores across Canada.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Although the health risk associated with these products is considered to be low, the advisory is being issued as a result of the Government of Canada's ongoing investigation into melamine in milk and milk-derived products from China.

Melamine is a chemical compound used in a number of commercial and industrial applications. 

Canada does not allow use of melamine as a food ingredient however it's difficult to trace whether a milk ingredient was sourced in China.

China's tainted milk scandal first reached Canadian supermarkets in September 2008 when Mr. Brown instant coffees were recalled because they may contain melamine. This recall has since been downgraded to a Health Hazard Alert.

For a list of all the food products affects by the use of melamine in China, check out the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's results on melamine testing.

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