Saturday, October 04, 2008


You know, despite what the FDA says, I really don't want to be consuming any of this.

In anything.


Thank you China dairy manufacturers.


Chumplet said...

The damn stuff is added to food in order to falsely boost the protein content. It's a deliberate attempt to deceive. I think it stinks.

Wasn't melamine added to dog and cat food a couple of years ago? Holy crap. What a complete disregard for life, and a blatant example of greed.

Adrian said...

Am I to understand that the FDA is making it ok for one of our largest trade partners to have small amounts melamine that can potentially kill us? How about we just skip the kidney failure, and just not import their contaminated products.

Remember FDA you ARE NOT paid to protect profits, and international trade. You ARE paid to protect the people from dangerous substances entering our consumables and medicines. Don't succumb to pressure from the rich who stand to lose millions from worthless imports that may potentially be recalled.

At a time when we are importing vast amounts various, cheap, food products, shouldn't the FDA be our "Ace in the Hole" in protectinig our country? Shouldn't they be skeptic, and wary of a trade partner's goods that has had numerous major infractions? In China, their own children are dieing. How about the FDA protect our children, and the rest of us like we pay them to?

The most horrifying aspect of this is that any shipments that might be contaminated would be right on time for Halloween! Small doses are ok for adult humans hmmmm? Well last time I checked their contaminated dairy products were being used in baby formula and candy. Halloween being the holiday where children typically receive and eat a lot of candy. So how much contaminated candy do you think your average child's body is going to hold up against?

TRICK or TREAT!? Hey wait...Is that a trick in my treat China?

bjmuntain said...

As the article says, "The 2.5 parts-per-million standard is meant to address situations in which the chemical accidentally comes into contact with food, such as in cases where it is used for industrial purposes in a factory that makes food products."

Melamine is used as a part of some plastics, such as that used in countertops, dry erase boards, housewares, etc. It's also used in some concretes(This from Wikipedia).

The levels the FDA allows are to account for the tiny bit of melamine that might come into contact with food -- say, on a person's own household countertop, or an industrial plant that uses machinery with plastic parts. To completely eliminate all melamine in your diet, you would have to stop using plastic and all items made in factories that use plastic pieces in their machinery.

The FDA levels here are to be used the same as the levels of insect parts allowed in manufactured food. I think it's something like one or two insect parts per can, or something like that? But have you ever worried about insect parts in your food? Or mouse hairs?

And now that I've made myself very unpopular, back to breakfast... (I wonder how much melamine is in this plastic coffee cup?)