Unilever recalls Lipton milk tea powder in HK, Macau

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2008 07:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2008 03:29 AM

Food giant Unilever has recalled some Lipton-brand milk tea powder products from Hong Kong and Macau store shelves after tests proved that these contained traces of the industrial chemical melamine.

The Associated Press reported that according to Unilever Hong Kong Ltd, "internal tests have found four batches of Lipton milk tea powder contaminated with melamine."

The company added that the recall has been done as a precautionary measure.

Authorities in Hong Kong, meanwhile, said they have yet to find melamine traces in Lipton products.

The company did not say if the affected products were made in mainland China. However, it was clear that these products were distributed in Hong Kong and Macau.

The recall followed last week's withdrawal of the Lipton Green Milk Tea brand from Taiwan stores because these have China-made milk as an ingredient.

In the Philippines, the local branch of Unilever has yet to issue a statement.

Unilever markets Lipton Milk Tea powder in the Philippines.