Lee calls for food recall in South Korea

Sept. 26, 2008 at 1:38 PM
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SEOUL, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Friday that all potentially contaminated foods should be recalled in light of an ongoing import crisis.

After meeting with Health-Welfare Minister Jeon Jae-hee Korea Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Yun Yeo-pyo, Lee called for an intensification of efforts to recall all items thought to be contaminated with the toxic chemical melamin, The Korea Times said.

The president's call for swift action came after the Korea Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the chemical had been found in coffee creamer imported from the Chinese company, Yuchang F.C.

To date, 16 tons of the 41 tons of Vegetable Creamer Powder F25 distributed in South Korea has been recalled. The remaining products are thought to be in place at South Korean restaurants and other businesses.

The Times said the coffee creamer has been added to the list of 304 dairy products imported from China that KFDA officials have targeted for temporary sales ban as the health crisis is investigated further.

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