IGA Goonellabah supermarket manager Gareth Morahan removes Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs from shelves yesterday.
IGA Goonellabah supermarket manager Gareth Morahan removes Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs from shelves yesterday. The Northern Star

Supermarkets recall Cadbury Eclairs

SWEETS manufactured in China were removed from supermarket shelves across the region yesterday amid product safety fears.

Goonellabah IGA supermarket and Coles supermarkets yesterday removed Cadbury Eclairs from their shelves, while Woolworths said it did not carry the product.

While it is not yet known whether the product contains the melamine-laced milk that has killed four babies and sickened another 54,000 in China, IGA store manager Gareth Morahan said it was better to be safe than to be sorry.

Mr Morahan decided to pull the line after hearing media reports that the chocolate may have been contaminated.

"It's all over the news," Mr Morahan said.

"It would be terrible for us and for Cadbury if people bought them and got sick."

Cadbury has voluntarily recalled its 180 gram Cadbury Eclairs candy bags from all Australian supermarkets as a precaution after the product came under suspicion because it was produced in China using dairy products. A spokesperson for Cadbury said Chinese dairy products were not used in any of the chocolates and sweets produced by Cadbury in Australia.

The chocolates are the latest in a growing list of Chinese-made foods and drinks which have been removed from stores across the world since the toxic milk scandal broke earlier this month.

Some Chinese milk producers had been using melamine, used in making plastics, to make it appear watered-down milk had higher protein levels.


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