Melamine Traces Found in Infant Formula

November 26, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) — The Food and Drug administration in the US said Tuesday that it found traces of the toxic chemical, Melamine, in infant formula prepared by an American company. The agency officials had found several samples of dietary supplements that are made by some of the same manufacturers who make the formula.

Officials with the FDA asserted that the levels of melamine were below the threat level but the incidence raises the possibility that the problem was more extensive in the US than perceived by the officials.

“There’s no cause for concern or no risk from these levels,” said Judy Leon, an agency spokeswoman. She also stated that the contamination may probably be due to can liners as well or some manufacturing problems but not due to deliberate adulteration.

With the recent incidence of infant formula being contaminated with toxic chemical, the International Formula Council issued a statement stating that “In light of recent reports regarding melamine and infant formula, the International Formula Council and its members reassure parents and health professionals that infant formula manufactured in the United States remains safe and nutritious. Additionally, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesperson has stated, ‘There’s no basis for concern because we’re talking about trace levels that are so low … that there’s absolutely no risk.’

Earlier this month, the FDA officials had announced that they would open three new FDA offices in China. The Chinese counterparts had also retaliated to the press stating that they will also send their own inspectors to the US. FDA had halted the import of milk and milk-derivatives from China on November 12. The FDA had stated that it had taken extraordinary steps “to protect the health of the US consumers.”


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