Lipton-brand milk tea powder recalled in Asia

Lipton-brand milk tea powder recalled in Asia

Hong Kong: Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever is recalling its Lipton-brand milk tea powder in Hong Kong and Macau after they were found to contain traces of a banned industrial chemical, the company said.

The recall of four batches of Lipton’s 3-in-1 milk tea powder came after the company’s internal quality check found melamine, used to make plastics and fertilizers, in the products, Unilever Hong Kong Ltd said in a statement Tuesday.

The contaminated products used Chinese-made milk powder as raw material, said marketing director Sharon Hwang for Unilever Hong Kong. She declined to reveal which brand the company had used.

Dozens of Chinese-made food products have been found to contain melamine, killing four babies and sickening more than 50,000 in mainland China. According to the state-run China News Service, 27 people have been arrested so far in connection with the scandal.

Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday asked the country’s dairy industry to step up supervision and pay attention to product quality, a statement underscoring the top leadership’s determination in resolving the scandal.

The comments by Hu, carried on China Central Television’s evening news broadcast, were his most public yet since the scandal broke earlier this month.

“Food safety concerns the health of the public," Hu told an unidentified dairy company official, during a visit to eastern Anhui province where he toured dairy barns and milk processing facilities.

“We need to ensure that all products on the market are up to standard, so that consumers don’t have to worry."

The chemical was first detected in infant formula but has now been detected in dairy and other food products.