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Taiwan Bans Nestle Products

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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2008

ZHANG:
And in Taiwan... officials have banned several Nestle products after trace amounts of melamine were discovered in their products made in China.

STORY:
Taiwanese health officials, yesterday ordered stores to remove six types of Nestle dairy products after testing found traces of the industrial chemical in more than half of the items. The Nestle products removed were made in the Heilongjiang province, northeastern China.

[Yeh Ching-chuan, Health Minister]:
We are following the guidelines set out yesterday, asking suppliers to remove these formulas off the shelf, notify health ministry officials of the progress, and confirm the removal of these formulas. As far as we know, the supplier is fully aware of the situation and will cooperate with our decision to call for "off-shelf".

Taiwan's Health Department says it wants to completely eliminate public suspicions that the products are contaminated.

In the capital Taipei, and Kaohsiung shelves have been left bare after store clerks piled two of the banned products marked KLIM and Nespray into carts.

[Liang Chia-jui, Nestle Spokesman]:
In accordance with the values of our enterprise, which places the consumer at top priority, we decided to remove the products from shelves as the government directed."

Around the world a growing list of Chinese milk and milk-related products have been taken off shelves in recent weeks. The harmful chemical melamine, used to make plastics, found in Chinese milk powder has been responsible for sickening tens of thousands of people and killing four children.

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