With Halloween in the offing, we'd like our Canadian readers to take note. Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, made by Sherwood Brands, have just joined the ever-expanding list of recalled, made-in-China products containing the contaminant melamine.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall of the candy, which the company says was sold in Canada but not the U.S. Canadian Costco stores carried the coins in 240-piece containers; they may also have been sold in bulk packages or by the piece in dollar and bulk stores throughout Canada. Sherwood says the candy was produced before the melamine warning was issued in September, and that all production and shipments have since stopped.
Melamine is a chemical added to plastics and other non-edible products. It’s not approved for use in food, but because it is high in nitrogen and can artificially boost apparent protein content, is sometimes added illegally. For more information on melamine, read the CDC's FAQ.