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Chocolate coins sold in Canada tainted with melamine

The Canadian Press
October 08, 2008

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat, distribute or sell Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold milk chocolate coins imported from China.

The candy is being recalled after testing positive for the industrial chemical melamine. Canada doesn't allow the use of melamine as a food ingredient.

The candy is sold in 840-gram containers containing 240 pieces per container. They bear the designation UPC 0 36077 11240 7 and the lot code 1928S1.

The candy is sold across Canada by Costco and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores across Canada.

CFIA says that if the original product identity and UPC code is not evident, consumers should check with their retailer to determine whether they have the affected product.

Retailers and importers have been asked to remove the candy from sale. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the candy in this country.

Although the health risk associated with these products is considered low, the federal advisory was issued after an investigation into milk and milk-derived products from China that may have reached Canadian store shelves.

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