Baby food giant Heinz ordered a recall of the baby cereal as a precautionary measure following the government’s announcement, it said in a statement on its Web site.
The list of products caught in China’s tainted milk scandal grew Friday to include baby cereal in Hong Kong and snack foods in Japan.
The latest problematic foods were Heinz baby cereal and Silang House steamed potato wasabi crackers.
On Thursday, the European Union banned imports of baby food containing Chinese milk.
The Hong Kong government said in a statement Friday it found traces of melamine in the products, which were both made in mainland China.
Hong Kong urged the manufacturers to stop selling the products in the Chinese territory.
In Japan, the Marudai Food Co. pulled its cream buns, meat buns and creamed corn crepes from supermarkets a week ago and tests have found traces of contamination in several products, Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry official Mina Kojima said Friday.
News of that contamination came after the Chinese territory of Macau said it detected melamine at 24 times the safety limit in products from another Japan-based company, Koala’s March cookies made by Lotte China Foods Co.
Some Hong Kong supermarkets pulled the chocolate-filled cookies off shelves Friday after the announcement by Macau authorities late Thursday. Cookie packages list whole milk powder as an ingredient.
Hundreds of international food companies have set up operations in China in recent years, exposing them to the country’s notorious product safety problems.
White Rabbit candies have already been pulled from shelves around Asia and in Britain.