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Chocolate Candy From China Recalled: Melamine Found

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A popular chocolate candy from China has been recalled. The Sherwood Brand Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins sold in Canada tested positive for melamine. That's why doctors warn parents to teach their children not to eat any candy before it's inspected.\r\n\r\nThe costumes are fun. But for many the best part of Halloween is the candy!\r\n\r\n"Candy is the best part. I kinda agree myself, but at the same time there's certain concerns about candy," explained Doctor Diana Marquardt the Medical Director of the Family Care Mid-City Clinic.\r\n\r\nConcern about were the candy is from.\r\n\r\n"There's concern about where candy comes from, certainly with some of the concerns about products from China that have melamine in them," continued Doctor Marquardt.\r\n\r\nThe Sherwood Brand of Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins was pulled off shelves after testing positive for melamine.\r\n\r\nThe candy was sold only in Canada at Costco. The company says none of the tainted candy reached the United States.\r\n\r\nBut Halloween candy made in China is being sold in the United States.\r\n\r\nThe candy is domo. It was made in China and sold in Target stores. Among the ingredients: skim milk powder.\r\n\r\nA Target representative told News 8 that the candy hasn't been tested for melamine, but says none of the ingredients came from China.\r\n\r\nHowever, Doctor Marquardt says when buying Halloween candy, it's best to buy brand names.\r\n\r\n"I think the safest thing to do is have our children eat recognized candy, if you've seen it before, bought it before," noted Doctor Marquardt.\r\n\r\nAnd she also says:\r\n\r\n"Always tell their children not to eat anything until they come home."\r\n\r\nBut surprisingly, candy isn't the biggest problem facing trick or treaters.\r\n\r\n"The biggest problem with Halloween actually tends to be more accidents, falls are common," Doctor Marquardt added.\r\n\r\nOften because children can't see out of their masks and trip over their costumes.\r\n\r\n"Long costumes, costumes with capes, things that drape are too long and you can't walk and trip on them," continued Doctor Marquardt.\r\n\r\nCheck to see if the costume is fire retardant.\r\n\r\n"They make fire retardant costumes. That doesn't mean they won't burn, they don't burn freely," Doctor Marquardt noted.\r\n\r\nFinally, Doctor Marquardt says makeup is a good alternative to wearing a mask that can obstruct breathing.\r\n\r\nNews 8 contacted Costco to verify none on the Pirates's Gold Candy was sold in the in the U.S. We haven't heard back.
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