FDA inspects White Rabbit toffee for fear of melamine content

September 24th, 2008 - 10:31 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Chatree Baanchuen (ชาตรี บานชื่น) recently issued an order to the FDA’s food division to investigate suspicions made by the Singaporean Government that “White Rabbit” brand toffees produced in China have been contaminated with the chemical Melamine. The chemical has become a major concern for dairy based products in the past weeks due to its potential to cause kidney stones in infants.

If the product is found to contain the chemical any sale or distribution of it will warrant a jail sentence of no more than 2 years or up to 20,000 baht in fines. All foods containing Melamine have been deemed contaminated and potentially dangerous. The FDA has instructed all border patrols to strictly safeguard against such products’ entry into Thailand.

The White Rabbit toffee is currently sold in Had Yai district of Songkhla province, Yaowarat road in Bangkok and in many major markets throughout the nation.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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