France pulls tainted Chinese food
France's recall is the most robust step yet taken by a European country
France has recalled sweets and biscuits made with Chinese dairy after finding high levels of an industrial chemical.
In China, four babies have died and 53,000 have fallen sick after consuming milk products contaminated with the chemical melamine.
The EU banned imports of Chinese baby food containing traces of milk in response to the scare last month.
The recall of White Rabbit sweets and Koala biscuits is the first such order to be made by a European country.
French consumers were warned to destroy or return the tainted products after tests showed high levels of melamine, which can cause kidney failure.
"The first results of tests conducted in France have shown a melamine level above the warning level set by the European Commission at 2.5mg per kilo," the agriculture ministry said in a statement.
So far there have been no identified cases of health problems associated with the contamination in France.
The recall is the strongest measure yet taken by a European country amid a worldwide health scare over Chinese milk products that has led several countries to ban dairy imports from China.
It came as China issued new quality controls for its dairy industry and promised more severe punishment, including public naming, for anyone found to have violated safety standards.
Some Chinese dairy farmers are accused of fraudulently adding melamine to watered-down milk to make the product appear rich in protein and to fool quality control tests.