October 2, 2008: White Rabbit Candy And Some Mr. Brown Coffee & Tea Products Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a series of health advisories regarding melamine contamination; and companies have begun recalling products in the US because the products may be contaminated with melamine.  The recalled products include White Rabbit Candy and some Mr. Brown Coffee and Tea products. ...

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This follows the tragic news that more than 54,000 babies and young children in China sought medical treatment as a result of consuming melamine contaminated infant formula and related dairy products.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the children were treated for urinary problems, and possible renal tube blockages and kidney stones. Four infant deaths were confirmed and more than 14,000 infants have been hospitalized in China. 

Following, are summaries of the FDA melamine health risk advisories and product recalls here in the US: 

Mr. Brown 3-In-1 & and 2-In-1 Powdered Packets in Bag Coffee Mixes - On October 1, Sunny Maid Corp. of Monterey Park, California recalled Mr. Brown 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIXES, because they have the potential to be contaminated with melamine.

The Mr. Brown 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIXES are sold in PLASTIC BAGS, each containing 30 individual packets.  Although seven flavors are available in Asia, ONLY THREE FLAVORS ARE IMPORTED INTO THE U.S.  The three flavors being recalled are: 
  • Mr. Brown 3-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Mandheling;
  • Mr. Brown 3-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Arabica;
  • Mr. Brown 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIX – Mandheling.

The Mr. Brown recall product was distributed to the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

Mr. Brown Instant Coffee and Milk Tea Products – On September 26, seven of Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products were recalled by Taiwanese company, King Car Foods, due to possible contamination with melamine.  The non-diary creamer, manufactured by Shandong Duging, Inc., China, and used by King Car in some of its products, was found to be contaminated with melamine.  The King Car products subject to recall are:

    • Mr. Brown Mandheling Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown Arabica Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown Blue Mountain Blend Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown Caramel Macchiato Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown French Vanilla Instant Coffee (3-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown Mandhling Blend instant Coffee (2-in-1)
    • Mr. Brown Milk Tea (3-in-1)

The FDA recommends that none of the above Mr. Brown recalled products should be consumed.  In addition, retail and foodservice operators should remove these products from their shelves, making them unavailable to consumers.  

White Rabbit Candy – On September 26, the FDA announced that QFCO, Inc of Burlingame, CA, recalled White Rabbit Candy, because it may be contaminated with melamine. According to the FDA website:

The White Rabbit Creamy Candy is sold in 8 or 16 oz packages. All other flavors of White Rabbit Candy, including Assorted (Chocolate, Coconut, and Coffee), Red Bean, Coffee, Corn, Lychee, Mango and Strawberry are sold in 7 oz. packages. All packaging has a logo of a white rabbit on the front with the words "White Rabbit".

The recalled candy was distributed to retail stores in the states of California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. 

Please note that melamine contaminated candy was recently found in Connecticut, although that state was not listed in the original press release. 

FDA Infant Formula Health Advisory – The FDA issued a series of health advisories in September assuring the American public that there is no known threat of contamination in infant formula manufactured by companies that have met the requirements to sell such products in the United States. 

The advisories also warned members of Chinese communities in the United States that infant formula manufactured in China, possibly available for purchase at Asian markets, could pose a risk to infants.  

The FDA also advises consumers not to purchase infant formula manufactured in China from internet sites or from other sources.

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