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Candy Review Update: White Rabbit Safety Issue – Melamine in Candy?

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white rabbit creamy candies

White Rabbit candy has been linked to the tainted milk scandal in China.

In my review a few weeks ago, I wrote the following: “This candy only has four ingredients: two kinds of sweetener (corn starch syrup and cane sugar), butter, and milk. How can you go wrong with that?”

You can go wrong when your ingredients are tainted!

From the Associated Press (Sept 27, 2008):

“Meanwhile, the Shanghai-based maker of White Rabbit, a popular vanilla-flavored toffee, said it stopped domestic sales after the Hong Kong government’s Center for Food Safety said the candy contained more than six times the legal limit of melamine.

That followed White Rabbit recalls in Britain, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.”

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The FDA has yet to act in the U.S., but I now urge you to avoid this candy. Maybe there’s a good reason for the organic food movement? Best (healthy) candy wishes to you all.

For more information on melamine, head on over to the National Confectioners Association’s blog and their informative article on melamine and chocolate: Chocolate is Safe from Melamine, White Rabbit Recalled.

News Articles Concerning Melamine in Candy:

Candy Review: White Rabbit Creamy Candies

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Foreign (non-US) Candy,Soft Candy

White Rabbit Creamy Candies

UPDATE 10/1/08: White Rabbit is currently under a recall

China did a superb job hosting the recently concluded 2008 Olympics, I thought. One shouldn’t forget what a centralized state can accomplish when it sets its mind to athletic PR. And if you’re not some oddball fan of newfangled democracy, or perhaps even if you are, it’s impossible not to admire the longevity, stability, inventiveness and sought-after harmony of Chinese culture and philosophy. But what about China’s candy-making abilities? That’s where true greatness can be measured.

Exhibit A: White Rabbit Creamy Candies. From Wikipedia you learn that this extremely popular candy was developed in 1943 and now sells in over 40 countries. It was given to president Nixon as a gift in 1972, perhaps while he watched the U.S. delegation get pummeled in ping pong.

All right already, let’s taste it.

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