Finland initiates more stringent control of Chinese food products due to melamine


<div>In Holland, melamine has been found in Chinese White Rabbit candy and Koala biscuits. These products have been imported in small volumes also to Finland. The products cause no health hazards to the consumers, but are still being withdrawn from the market. Finnish control authorities have also initiated more stringent control of Chinese products that contain milk.</div>

Small amounts of melamine-containing products also in Finland

According to information received through the European RASFF system (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed), Holland as the first country in EU has found too much melamine in Chinese Koala biscuits and White Rabbit candy. These products have also been imported to Finland in small volumes (less than 100 kg in total). They have been withdrawn from the market under control of the authorities. Pursuant to the opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the melamine contained in these products does not cause any health hazards to the consumers.

Border control of imported products intensified

Milk and milk products originating from China may not be imported into EU countries. In addition, all imported food products such as biscuits and candy, which contain a minimum of 15% of dairy products must be analysed for melamine. The purpose of these actions is to prevent the import of products contaminated by melamine.

Control authorities inspect products already on market

Chinese products that contain milk have been imported also to Finland prior to the protection measures. Evira has given municipal control authorities instructions to inspect Chinese milk-containing products marketed in Finland. Any suspicious products are analysed by Evira. The analyses will start on week 41.

For more information, please contact
Pirkko Kostamo, Senior Officer, +358 (0) 20 77 24236, +358 (0) 50 386 8436, pirkko.kostamo
As of 6 October: Ulla Karlström, Senior Officer, +358 (0) 20 77 24288, +358 (0) 40 4877798, ulla.karlstrom


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