NY Stores Sell Candy Recalled
Over Mad Cow Fears

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 feed.
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 by them.''
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 consumption.''
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 by dementia.

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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