Chinese Baby Formula Scare

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now urging parents to avoid Chinese-made baby formula. Reuters reports the FDA fears some of the formula, which is being blamed for the death of an infant in China, may have slipped into U.S. markets.

In response, China is widening its efforts to find the source of the contamination. They believe melamine—a substance used in fertilizers and plastics—may have been mixed in with milk used in manufacturing baby formula; more from Reuters.

Actually, melamine has run amuck before. Last year melamine contaminated a bunch of hogs and chickens—EEK!

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HappyCat - September 15, 2008 3:42 PM

From what I remember from the pet food scandal, melamine is a cheap source of nitrogen. And when foods are assayed for protein the protein content is not tested directly, rather the nitrogen content is tested since nitrogen is a key component of protein.

So it's a cheat, and the people who do it obviously don't give a damn what happens to the consumers of their products, only their pocketbooks.

Steve - September 16, 2008 8:22 AM

What I find sad is that it is the same old protein myth ie more protein equals higher quality diet that triggers this. There really is no point to adding this crud to the formula.
Cheers, Steve

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