5 Oct 2008

More nations pull suspect products in Chinese milk scandal

11:18 am on 5 October 2008

South Korea, Australia and Japan on Saturday pulled melamine contaminated sweets and drinks from supermarket shelves amid a widening scandal over Chinese milk products tainted with the toxic chemical.

Authorities in Seoul ordered Mars and Nestle to pull three products after melamine, which is usually used for making plastics, was detected in snacks made in China by the multinationals.

Melamine has been blamed for making thousands of infants ill and killing four in mainland China after it tainted baby milk powder in one of the country's worst-ever product safety scandals.

A growing number of countries have decided to suspend imports of Chinese milk products or withdraw them from sale over the scandal.