How Many Melamine-Laced White Rabbit Creamy Candies Can You Eat Before Bad Things Happen?

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Forty-seven pieces daily if you're an adult, according to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore in its helpful guide to just how lethal your favorite China-made snack foods are. White Rabbit is the most famous candy made in China, and it's one of the many foodstuffs at the center of the milk-poisoning scandal that's widening to more countries and companies. The deaths of four Chinese babies and the illness of 50,000 children are being blamed on dairy products tainted with melamine, a chemical added to milk to give the impression of a higher protein content than actually exists.

Late last month, the U.K. supermarket chain Tesco yanked the heavily-exported candy from its shelves and Australia issued a recall, though New Zealand did tests and was OK with the levels. Singapore authorities have found melamine in non-dairy products as well, including puffed-rice rolls and potato crackers. The scandal has caused major problems for China's global brand, as well as multinationals like Nestle and Unilever, which have seen their products recalled.

Gastronomically speaking, White Rabbit is a tasty white cylinder of sugar, butter, corn starch and enough milk that the 20-calorie candy has actually been marketed as a health product over the years. One slogan: "Seven White Rabbit candies is equivalent to one cup of milk." That's maybe not such good positioning right about now.
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