Melamine Milk: 10,666 Kids Sick

At this point, the Chinese melamine milk scare is a full-blown epidemic. According to a new report, MORE than 10,000 children are still in serious condition after consuming powdered milk contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine; the Associated Press reports.

Over 10,000 is a STAGGERING figure! But how widespread the danger extends is even MORE amazing. So far, countries like South Korea and the United States have also issued warnings about Chinese-made food products; like baby formula, chocolate and candy bars.

A clear-cut example that NOT only do national food safety agencies, like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, need to SETUP their enforcement, but global health organizations, like the World Health Organization (WHO), also NEED to become better watchdogs.

Actually, the WHO acknowledges this on their website, “Recent trends in global food production, processing, distribution and preparation are creating an increasing demand for food safety research in order to ensure a safer global food supply.” Well, let’s get to it!

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Foodaroo - October 10, 2008 11:11 AM

The sad part is that their government knew about this problem prior to the start of the Olympics but failed to do anything until five weeks later.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2008/09/22/2003423869

And melamine is not the only food safety issue. Formaldehyde is another. Formaldehyde is a legal food preservative used in China. That stuff gets exported to the US.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2004/12/07/2003214064

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