Meanwhile, Kraft Foods, the maker of Oreo cookies, and Mars, the
maker of M&Ms and Snickers candy, questioned the findings of
Indonesian tests that identified melamine in samples of their products
made in China.
Both Kraft Foods and Mars said they would comply
with an Indonesian recall but planned to conduct their own tests and
look into the possibility the tainted products were counterfeits.
Melamine-laced baby formula and other dairy products in China have been
blamed for sickening nearly 54,000 children and leading to four infant
deaths. The industrial chemical, which is high in nitrogen, is believed
to have been added to watered-down milk to mask the resulting protein
deficiency and fool quality tests.
Preliminary tests showed
melamine in Cadbury chocolates produced at the candy maker’s Beijing
factory, but it was too early to say how much of the chemical was in
them, said a Cadbury spokesman who declined to be identified because of