Tesco has withdrawn from sale a line of Chinese sweets known as White Rabbit Creamy Candies as the fall-out from the China milk scandal continues to spread.

The supermarket giant has pulled the sweets from the limited number of its stores where they are stocked after traces of melamine were found in samples in Hong Kong and Singapore.

To date, the contamination of Chinese milk with the industrial chemical has caused tens of thousands of babies in the region to fall ill, as well as a handful of reported deaths.

“As a precautionary measure we have withdrawn White Rabbit candies from the very small number of UK stores that sell them as part of our ethnic range,” a Tesco spokesman told the Daily Mail.