Doctor: Be Cautious of Candy Made in China

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

This Halloween, the scariest thing may not be your kids' costumes or your neighbor's house.

It could be what you or someone else may have already put in your shopping cart, with the intention of giving to a trick-or-treater.

"Many of these same people who you trust may be buying, unawares, candies on sale that are made in China or being made with milk products in China," said Doctor Dane Robinson, of Texas A&M's Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Those candies could be a potential problem because some baby formula and milk in china have both been contaminated with melamine.

"Everything you hear about the melamine, its kinda scary," said shopper Cindy Roberts.

The industrial chemical is blamed for killing four chinese infants and sickening 54,000 others.

"We're not talking about just in baby formula which has been the big disaster in China, but also that same powdered milk is being shipped around the world to help make various milk chocolates," said Robinson.

To be safe, Robinson recommends parents read the fine print to see where the candy comes from.

SpongeBob Gummy Krabby Patties are produced China. Brach's candy corn is made in Mexico.

Sherwood brand chocolate coins were pulled from Canadian shelves after they tested positive for melamine.

The chocolate coins aren't sold in the U.S., and the Food and Drug Administration hasn't recalled any candy made by U.S. companies due to melamine contamination.

However, experts say that doesn't mean you shouldn't ignore the packaging.

"I would certainly use judicious caution in buying packages that say made in China this year," said Robinson.

Because of the melamine contamination in China, the FDA has expanded its sampling of candy from China.

To see the FDA's list of candies to avoid this Halloween, follow the link below.

http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine.html#warnings

To read what the Center for Disease Control has to say about melamine click the link below.

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/melamine/chinafood.asp


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