FDA Declares Trace Amount of Melamine in Infant Formula Now Safe

November 29, 2008

(ChattahBox) — The Food and Drug administration said Friday that it has made trace amount of Melamine permissible in the infant formula. The new stance reverses the earlier assessment from the FDA that states that it is safe to consume food and drink with melamine below 2.5 parts per million with exception in infant formula. But Friday, the FDA said it’s “concluded that levels of melamine alone or cyanuric acid alone, at or below 1 part per million in infant formula do not raise public health concerns.”

Melamine is an industrial chemical used in plastics and the liners of some food containers. The FDA has found at least one brand that sells the formula with trace elements of Melamine in it.

According to Stephen Sundlof, the FDA’s director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, results from 74 out of 87 samples of infant formula and products for babies and young children have been concluded. Results for 13 samples are yet pending. Samples from Nestle’s Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with Iron has been tested positive for melamine at levels of 137 and 140 parts per billion which are safe levels.

The FDA had ordered testing of infant formula in the country after thousands of babies in China fell sick and killed 3 babies as well. It had also banned import of milk products and milk derivatives from China. It had also announced that it will open three more FDA office in China to keep a vigilant eye on exports from China.


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