- NEW YORK (Reuters)
- New York stores are selling a German-made candy recalled in Poland eight
days ago amid fears it contained a beef-based gelatin from cattle infected
with brain-wasting mad cow disease, the local distributor said on Tuesday.
- The manager of Empire Candy and Tobacco of Brooklyn confirmed
a newspaper report that it distributed the imported chewy fruit candy called
Mamba to hundreds of stores but added that Mamba maker Storck Co. told
him the product was safe.
- ``I sell this in all five boroughs and I have stocks
of it,'' manager Noly Sosa told Reuters. ``This is the first time I had
heard of this. I have spoken to the company and I have been told there
is nothing wrong.''
- The Daily News reported on Tuesday that Mamba, made by
Storck Co. of Werther, Germany and marketed in 80 countries, was the same
product containing a beef-based gelatin that prompted Polish health authorities
to order a recall on Jan. 22 in a general ban on beef products from countries
that have had outbreaks of mad cow disease.
- More than 80 people in Britain and two in France have
died from new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a disease in humans similar
to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE -- popularly known as mad
cow disease -- that has affected British cattle since the 1980s. Health
authorities believe the disease in cattle was caused by contaminated animal
- BSE has created a crisis in Europe and sparked a consumer
backlash against beef. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture
Department say mad cow disease has never been detected in the United States.
- Fears of mad cow disease have been depressing cattle
futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Cattle futures moved sharply
lower on Tuesday, partly on news of the beef-based gelatin in the candy
being sold in New York.
- New York City Health Department spokeswoman Sandra Mullin
said the department was ``not aware of this candy or any problems associated
with it'' but ``would make contact with federal authorities to see if they
are aware of any issue and if any action were to be taken it would be led
- A representative of Chicago-based Storck U.S.A. could
not be reached for comment on Tuesday, but the Daily News quoted a company
vice president, Tony Nelson, as saying: ``The German health authority has
certified that all the gelatin we use has been properly prepared for human
- U.S. government officials and the farm industry met in
Washington on Monday to discuss whether defenses needed to be bolstered
against the disease that causes trembling and muscle twitching followed
From M. Babish 1-31-01
- Here in New York, the A&P supermarket chain just
recently sold boxes of chocolates from Germany. The price was so reasonable
for almost 1 lb. of chocolates that they sold out quickly.
- Now the question begs, was there gelatin in the candy
made from beef and was it safe? How do we the public safeguard our food
supply and did Germany know if these were safe or not? Why does our government
wait till a crisis arises before they act?
- Imports of food from the countries experiencing mad cow
disease should be suspect.The name of these chocolates are Black Forest.
- May God help those of us who ate them.
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