Monday, June 26, 2006

Check on Cadbury chocolates

NST: KUALA LUMPUR: Checks will be carried out immediately on made-in-Britain Cadbury chocolate products being sold in Malaysia.
The move by the Health Ministry follows a decision by three countries to recall seven types of made-in-Britain Cadbury chocolates over fears of possible salmonella contamination.
Singapore is the third to recall the products, after Britain and Ireland last Friday.
The ministry’s Food Safety and Quality Division director Dr Abdul Rahim Mohamad said he would check with Britain’s Food Safety Authority and with Cadbury Confectionery (M) Sdn Bhd.
A decision would only be taken after getting the feedback from the two bodies, he said when contacted yesterday.
However, he downplayed fears of contamination, saying that most of Malaysia’s Cadbury products were either locally made or imported from Australia.
Health Minister Datuk Chua Soi Lek said he had alerted his ministry’s officers to check on the chocolate products and discussions would be held with the company to ascertain whether any products from Britain are imported here.
According to wire reports, the Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority was still tracking down stores that sold Cadbury chocolates specially imported from Britain.
The reports said the authority also advised consumers who bought certain Cadbury products to return the products to the places they were purchased.
The recall was done "purely as a precautionary measure" as some of the products "may contain minute traces of salmonella", Cadbury said.
Most Cadbury bars sold in the republic are imported from Australia, according to the reports.
However, chocolates imported from Britain are available at the Cold Storage supermarket chain, which has promptly suspended sales of the products.

The products recalled in Singapore are:
• 250g Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish;
• 250g Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel;
• 250g Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint;
• Cadbury Dairy Milk 8 chunk;
• 1kg Cadbury Dairy Milk;
• 105g Cadbury Dairy Milk Button Easter Egg; and
• Cadbury Freddo 10 pence.

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