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Candy from China containing tainted milk found on Connecticut store shelves

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Candy containing a poisonous industrial additive called melamine was found on the store shelves of two Connecticut retailers, The New York Times has reported.

White Rabbit Creamy Candy brand, a type of candy imported from China and sold in about 50 countries, was pulled from shelves in an East Haven store as well as a store in West Hartford, by Connecticut’s consumer protection commissioner, Jerry Farrell Jr.

A recall of a number of food products being export from China went into effect last month due to discovery of melamine contamination in milk additives. Melamine is an industrial product used in production of plastics and fertilizers that is sometimes added to milk products illegally to foil tests for appropriate levels of protein, the Times reported.

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Mars announces production plant expansion

BY Jenna Duncan

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. Mars on Monday announced the expansion of one of its production facilities in Pennsylvania. The new wing, which cost $70 million to construct, was built on to one of Mars’ heritage factories, built in 1915.

President of Mars Snackfood U.S., Todd Lachman, said that the expansion comes as a response to growing sales of Mars’ Dove chocolate candies. Accordin to Lachman, demand for Dove has grown by about 20 percent in the last year—a rate that is four times the amount of growth of the premium chocolate category.

 At present, two dedicated Dove Promises production lines are up and running. Mars said that expansion has added 30 jobs to the employment roster.

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Pepperidge Farm lowers sodium amounts in bread

BY Jenna Duncan

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. Pepperidge Farm has vowed to lower sodium levels in its bread and other baked goods, the company has announced. This follows a move by its parent company, Campbell, to extend production of healthier food options.

According to Pepperidge Farm, it has lowered sodium levels by around 25 percent in eight of its breads by using sea salt instead of iodized salts. The company is also testing low-sodium bagels in its Miami market.

In addition to new and up-coming low-sodium options, Pepperidge Farm has also added whole grain Goldfish crackers to its lineup of healthier snacks

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