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Nestlé tira do mercado americano latas de Nescau com risco de conter alumínio

WASHINGTON (AFP) — O grupo suíço Nestlé, líder mundial do setor agroalimentar, anunciou sexta-feira o recall de latas de Nescau vendidas nos Estados Unidos que "poderiam conter pequenos fragmentos de alumínio".

Estas latas de Nescau de morango de 618 gramas foram produzidas em agosto e distribuídas nos Estados Unidos e em Porto Rico, destacou a empresa em comunicado.

A Nestlé não especificou a origem deste alumínio, nem a quantidade que poderia estar presente nas latas.

O alumínio é um metal pesado muito presente na alimentação moderna, apesar de ser perigoso para a saúde.

Terça-feira a Nestlé retirou do mercado americano latas de Farinha Láctea fabricadas no Brasil, sob a suspeita de que continham um pesticida autorizado aqui mas proibido nos Estados Unidos.

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O Globo, Plantão | Publicada em 05/11/2008 às 08h37m - Economia
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Nestlé dos EUA tira farinha láctea brasileira do mercado

Valor Online

SÃO PAULO - A Nestlé dos Estados Unidos anunciou que está tirando do mercado americano a farinha láctea produzida pela subsidiária brasileira da companhia. Segundo a empresa, o cereal contém traços de um pesticida que, segundo a legislação dos EUA, não é permitido para emprego em lavouras de trigo.

O pesticida é o pirimifós-metí lico e, conforme nota da Nestlé americana, tem seu uso liberado para o grão no Brasil. A farinha láctea exportada para os EUA foi produzida na fábrica de São José do Rio Pardo (SP).

A Nestlé do Brasil enfatizou, por meio de comunicado, que a farinha láctea será recolhida " exclusivamente nos Estados Unidos " , como medida preventiva. Na nota, a empresa no Brasil " reitera que o produto é seguro para os consumidores e atende rigorosamente a legislação brasileira e o Codex Alimentarius, programa conjunto da FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) e da OMS (Organização Mundial da Saúde). "

A companhia, no entanto, não soube informar se os EUA irão importar o produto de outro país ou se a unidade brasileira terá de se enquadrar nos padrões americanos para continuar com a exportação da produto.

(Lílian Cunha | Valor Online)

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The News-Times, DANBURY, CT -11/10/2008 06:58:48 PM EST
http://www.newstime s.com/ci_ 10949551? source=most_ emailed

Brazilian cereal, Chinese necklaces, pulled from Danbury shelves

By Robert Miller, Staff Writer

DANBURY -- It's a dangerous world out there.

Last week, the state Department of Consumer Protection ordered a Brazilian children's cereal removed from the shelves of state stores, including nine in Danbury, because the cereal contained trace elements of a pesticide.

On Monday, the department turned its eyes toward low-cost jewelry sold by Claire's, the national jewelry and accessory store that has an outlet in Danbury Fair mall.

The department announced the "Best Friends Yin Yang" necklaces Claire's had for sale contained lead. The set of children's necklaces -- one with a black pendant with the word 'Best' above it, the other, a white pendant with the word 'Friends' above it -- are manufactured in China.

Department spokeswoman Claudette Carveth said the recall began after the U.S. Department of Consumer Product Safety tested the necklaces and found the metal contained excessive levels of lead.

Lead is a toxic element that's especially harmful to children. Even exposure to low levels of lead can cause problems paying attention, behavior problems, learning difficulties and a fall in their IQ.

"There is no safe level of lead that can be ingested," Carveth said.

She said because there are several Claire's outlets in the state, the state Department of Consumer Protection wanted to get the word out about the necklaces as quickly as possible.

The department said Monday that anyone who purchased the necklaces should keep them outof the hands of children immediately and return them to the store for a full refund.

An employee at the Claire's store at Danbury Fair mall, who asked not to be named, said the store had sold the yin yang necklaces but pulled them from display Monday.

The children's cereal -- Nestle's Farinha Lactea -- is made in Brazil by Nestle Brazil. It contains trace levels of a pesticide, pirimiphos-methyl, that Brazil allows to be used on wheat products as a fumigant.

The state consumer protection department discovered the cereal in the Ronildos Mercearia E Acougue Brazilian store on Triangle Street in late October. The labels on the cereal were only in Portuguese. By state law, all products sold in Connecticut must be labeled in English, although they can have a second language on the label as well.

Carveth said the state inspectors then sent the cereal to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven for testing. The station's staff found the cereal contained trace elements of the pesticide.

Because the U.S. does not allow pirimiphos-methyl to be used on wheat crops, there is no American standard for it. Therefore, no level can be considered safe.

The level found in the cereal is above the level deemed safe by the European Union, the department said.

The U.S. does allow the pesticide to be used on other grain products, however.

The finding in Danbury prompted the U.S. division of Nestle to order a general recall of all Farinha Lactea in the U.S.

Company spokesman Edie Burge said Nestle does not control what Nestle Brazil makes and an independent food distributor, Brex American of Miami, sells the cereal here.

Berge said Nestle decided the cereal should be removed from the American market. She said company inspectors have been to all nine stores in Danbury that sold Farinha Lactea, and all of it has been removed.

"100 percent of it is off the shelves," she said.

Carveth said that with a expanding global market of goods sold in the state, "it's an increasing responsibility" to make sure they are all safe.

"At this point, things seem to be manageable," she said.

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