29, 2008 (BURLINGAME, CA) - The California
Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are urging consumers
not to eat White Rabbit Candies sold in California. Queensway Foods Co.
of Burlingame, California is recalling White Rabbit Candy after tests revealed
that some of the products are contaminated with melamine--the same deadly toxin
in infant formula that has hospitalized 50,000 children in China since September,
killing several infants. Melamine in pet foods also killed thousands of U.S.
cats and dogs in 2007.
As East County Magazine previously reported,
the FDA has also issued alerts regarding other
melamine-contaminated products including Mr. Brown coffees and teas.
White Rabbit candies, made in Asia, were
distributed in U.S. states of CA, GA, HI, IL, MN, NY, OR, TX, WA through wholesale
distributors to retail stores. 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
No illnesses associated with this product have been reported
White Rabbit Candies have previously been found to be tainted with
formaldehyde, a claim the manufacturer disputed, arguing that the contaminated
candies were counterfeits.
Consumers who have purchased White Rabbit Candy
are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard
it in their trash. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (650)