Tuesday, 30 September 2008 11:31 AM

White Rabbit Candy Ordered Off the Shelves in Honiara

Health authorities in Honiara are taking no chances, White Rabbit Candies, said to contain Sanlu milk and hence the possibility of being tainted with melamine, have been ordered off the shelves of shops in Honiara.

A joint operation is currently underway consisting of staff from the Consumer Affairs Unit, the Honiara City Council Inspectorate and the Ministry of Health. All are working tirelessly to ensure that consumers in Solomon Islands are protected.

Liaison Officer for the World Health Organization, WHO, Dr. William Adu-Krow stated that after two days of inspection there were no Sanlu powered milk products found.

Dr. Adu-Krow stated that despite the absence of Sanlu powdered milk, the inspection team identified "White Rabbit Candies," believed to contain Sanlu milk.

The shop owners were asked to pull them off their shelves until tests are done to ensure that they do not contain traces of melamine.

He also advised consumers to be vigilant and check the contents of milk based products to ensure it does not contain Sanlu milk. "Consumers need to be careful...until such time that most of these items have been found to be free of melamine."

As reported in UPS.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have stated that White Rabbit Candy is being recalled, in most parts of the US, because it may be contaminated with melamine.

It is said that the current tainted milk crisis has shown that consuming products tainted with melamine can cause kidney stones and renal failure in infants.

CBC.ca reports that nearly 53,000 infants in China fell ill after the compound melamine was found in baby formula and milk products.