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Tainted-milk fears lead to product recalls in U.S.

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, while Taiwan reported three children and a mother with kidney stones in the island's first cases possibly linked to the crisis.

In the U.S., seven instant coffee and milk tea products made in China were recalled because of possible contamination by melamine, an industrial chemical.

The Mr. Brown brand mixes are being recalled by Taiwan-based King Car Food Industrial, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The agency said consumers shouldn't use the products.

So far, the FDA hasn't found any melamine contamination of milk-based products imported into the U.S. from China.

Health experts say ingesting a small amount of melamine – a nitrogen-rich substance that can fool quality checks that measure protein content in products – poses no danger, but in larger doses, the chemical can cause kidney stones and lead to kidney failure.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government said it too had suspended imports of milk and milk products from China, where some 54,000 children have developed kidney stones or other illnesses after drinking baby formula contaminated with melamine. Four deaths have been blamed on the tainted milk.

The latest problematic foods were Heinz baby cereal and Silang House steamed potato wasabi crackers.

The Hong Kong government said 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. Pittsburgh-based 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.

Only some types of milk powder and milk have been recalled in mainland China so far. But on Friday, Bright Foods, the maker of one of China's most popular candies, said it had halted sales because of suspected melamine contamination. White Rabbit candies have already been pulled from shelves around Asia and in Britain.

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