Suspect sweets found in NZ

01:43, Jan 31 2009

New Zealand food safety officials are to test Chinese milk sweets on sale here but banned overseas after being found to be tainted with melamine.

Tests in Singapore found that White Rabbit Creamy Candy was contaminated with the chemical.

The Food Safety Authority said yesterday it was not aware of the ban but would test sweets found on sale in Chinese supermarkets in Auckland.

However, FSA deputy chief executive Sandra Daly said there were no plans to recall the sweets or remove them from shop shelves.

"That would just be a knee-jerk reaction, and also, we have not found any of the Chinese products tested to contain melamine," she told The New Zealand Herald.

Ms Daly said it was difficult for laboratories to test products which were not liquid or powder for melamine.

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China's tainted-milk scandal started after milk powder sold by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra's Chinese partner San Lu was found to be contaminated with melamine, and has become a global food scare.

In China, four babies have died and China's Health Ministry said over 50,000 had been hospitalised with kidney problems.

So far two Hong Kong children have developed kidney stones, after drinking Chinese-made Nestle milk, making them the first victims of the tainted milk outside of mainland China.

- NZPA