HUNT ON FOR MILK POWDER IN CANADA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted spot checks at hundreds of retail stores over the weekend and has found no evidence that contaminated infant formula laced with melamine slipped into Canada from China.
Inspectors launched the blitz at nearly 300 stores in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal after news surfaced of tainted infant formula — officially linked on Monday to the deaths of two babies in China and illness in more than 1,250 babies in a widening food safety scandal.
No infant formulas produced in China are approved for sale in Canada, but it’s possible the contaminated product could have been illegally imported to Canada and sold in some stores that carry ethnic foods, said Michel LaBrosse, director of the import control division at CFIA.
As a result, since Friday, inspectors have visited 75 stores in Vancouver, 196 in Toronto, and 18 in Montreal. Inspectors, targeting specialized stores in urban Chinatowns, have not found any infant formula from China on store shelves.