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'Made in China' raises Halloween candy concerns
Vancouver Sun ^ | October 27, 2008 | Amy O'Brian

Posted on 10/27/2008 6:11:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway

In the days leading up to Halloween, a "Made in China" stamp on a bag of candy can give some parents a bigger fright than the most ghoulish of costumes.

Fears about contamination, specifically from the toxic chemical compound melamine, have prompted some parents to take a closer look at where candies are coming from.

"I am absolutely worried about what my kids are going to bring home this Halloween," said Megan Zandstra, mother to three young children.

Zandstra says she has been receiving e-mails from friends who have been spreading the word about melamine, and specifically about the news earlier this month that melamine was found in chocolate coins being sold at Costco, dollar and bulk food stores.

Melamine is the toxin at the centre of China's tainted milk scandal, which has left more than 50,000 children ill and has led to at least four deaths.

In Canada so far, 14 Chinese-made food products have been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after tests found they contained significant quantities of melamine.

Generally, candies made by the big-name manufacturers such as Cadbury and Hershey are safe because they do not use milk products from China, said Garfield Balsom, a spokesman for the CFIA.

"We certainly have done a lot of work in terms of our retail assessment and our overall surveillance of the melamine issue in China," Balsom said Monday.

"The mainstream products, most of that is made in North America. . . . Like Cadbury's and Kraft, the big companies do not bring in product directly from China."

When it comes to Halloween candy, Zandstra says she generally feels comfortable with the familiar name brands, but this year, she wanted to do things a bit differently.

(Excerpt) Read more at canada.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: candy; china; foodsupply; halloween; madeinchina

1 posted on 10/27/2008 6:11:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ping


2 posted on 10/27/2008 6:12:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Why would we ship sugar products halfway around the world????

Who is making these decisions?


3 posted on 10/27/2008 6:17:04 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Obama is not qualified for the FBI, but he is qualified for the Presidency????)
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To: nickcarraway

Four more days til halloween! Silver Shamrock!
4 posted on 10/27/2008 6:18:57 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama: If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some.)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s full of protein YUM!


5 posted on 10/27/2008 6:19:10 PM PDT by allmost
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To: nickcarraway
I was in Wal-Mart Sunday. I saw a nice, 2lb package of frozen, "farm raised" Tilapia fillets. I looked on the back. It said "Product of China". That caused me to look at the big, 4lb box of frozen, "farm raised" Tilapia fillets. The back of the box said "Product of China".

It is not just highly processed candy. It is not just highly processed foodstuffs, like shaped, formed, breaded, fishsticks. It is mainstream foodstuffs like frozen fish fillets.

Needless to say, I will buy the package of fresh Tilapia fillets at Costco, and freeze them myself.

What a wacky world we live in. Somebody can catch a large tuna in Long Island Sound, and some Japanese trader will buy it, ice it, and put it on the next plane to Tokyo to be turned into Sashimi. And we are buying frozen fish from fish farms in China.

It makes me wonder where the farm-raised catfish and shrimp are coming from.

6 posted on 10/27/2008 6:23:33 PM PDT by magellan (u)
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To: nickcarraway

You really should check country of origin on all your food.


7 posted on 10/27/2008 6:34:11 PM PDT by mabelkitty (If Bush was an illegitimate President, Obama is the ILLEGAL candidate by Acorn and citizenship)
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To: nickcarraway
...do not bring in product directly from China."

Oh.

Well, that makes me feel ever so much better now.

NOT.

8 posted on 10/27/2008 6:36:57 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: nickcarraway

“MADE IN CHINA” That’s a good brand name , right?


9 posted on 10/27/2008 6:44:54 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: ari-freedom

I always thought it was “Super” Shamrock. Anyway just saw that film once. It did have a certain whatzit. I liked it.

I noticed all my fake body part candies are made in China.


10 posted on 10/27/2008 6:49:31 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: nickcarraway

No melamime in the “NoBama” mini buttons that we’re passing out!


11 posted on 10/27/2008 7:11:10 PM PDT by Tidbit (Shoot low boys, they're riding Shetland Ponies.)
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To: nickcarraway

No melamime in the “NoBama” mini buttons that we’re passing out!


12 posted on 10/27/2008 7:11:15 PM PDT by Tidbit (Shoot low boys, they're riding Shetland Ponies.)
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To: nickcarraway; jahp; LilAngel; metmom; EggsAckley; Battle Axe; SweetCaroline; Grizzled Bear; ...
MADE IN CHINA POTTERY STAMP

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13 posted on 10/27/2008 7:18:06 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: TigersEye

Sassy is going to love reading this. I see lots of unmarked candy in the trash. Or her daddy will eat it lol & WEFG!!


14 posted on 10/27/2008 8:56:15 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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