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TOPIC: Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES!

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 28 Sep 2008 14:03 #2909

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We've all heard the news about baby formula and dryed milk products in China...making children ill, but should we be concerned about melamine in the US?

For anyone with an autoimmune problem who eats or adds whey protein to food or smoothies.... or caseinate, added to many processed protein bars and shakes by cost saving food manufactures....YES, be very careful.

Now the problem is figuring out where these "melamine plastics" are in the US food chain. We don't yet have the laws in place in the US to source food additive country of source.

Anyone with kidney, liver, permeable gut problems should be very, very careful of the source of their processed foods.

A couple of very interesting articles and blogs chime in on the contaminate.

Whey protein Contaminated?

Melamine Spiking Widespread in China  The Huffington Post- Very scary, review of contaminated pet foods being feed to livestock!!

Melamine widespread in China's food chain

Melamine in food found in Indonesia

FDA Melamine advisory Sept. 26th, 2008 Mr Brown Coffee

EDIT 10/2

Candy with chemical in Chinese milk found in Connecticut and California.


By LARRY SMITH Wed Oct 1, 6:49 PM ET AP


HARTFORD, Conn. - An industrial chemical blamed for sickening thousands of infants in China was found in candy in four Connecticut stores this week, a state official said Wednesday.

Days after contaminated White Rabbit Creamy Candy was found in California, Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. said tests found melamine in bags of the candy sold at two New Haven stores, a West Hartford market and an East Haven store.

"We're concerned, obviously, there may have been bags sold of these before we got to them," Farrell said.

Anyone who has the candy should destroy it, Farrell said.

The contamination has been blamed for the deaths of four children and kidney ailments among 54,000 others. More than 13,000 children have been hospitalized and 27 people arrested in connection with the tainting.

Melamine, which is high in nitrogen, is used to make plastics and fertilizers and experts say some amount of the chemical may be transferred from the environment during food processing. But in China's case, suppliers trying to boost output are believed to have diluted their milk, adding melamine because its nitrogen content can fool tests aimed at verifying protein content.

Melamine can cause kidney stones, leading to kidney failure. Infants are particularly vulnerable.

Melamine has been associated with contaminated infant formula and other Chinese products containing milk protein.

On Wednesday, the Chinese government identified 15 more Chinese dairy companies as producing milk products contaminated with melamine, bringing the total to 20 companies. At least 100 batches of milk powder have been found to contain the chemical, according to data on the food safety administration's Web site.

Last week, California health officials announced it discovered traces of melamine in White Rabbit candy it tested. Queensway Foods Company Inc. of California distributed the candy and says it is recalling it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with state and local governments to check for and test products that could possibly be contaminated with melamine. Last Friday, the FDA warned consumers not to consume White Rabbit Candy and Mr. Brown coffee products because of possible melamine contamination.

The vanilla-flavored candy has also been pulled from shelves in Hawaii, Asia and Britain, and tests in Singapore and New Zealand last week found White Rabbit sweets tainted with melamine. The Shanghai-based maker of the candy, Guan Sheng Yuan Co., said last week it was halting production of the sticky, taffy-like confection, an iconic brand beloved by generations of Chinese.

The candy is sold in more than 50 countries throughout Asia and the world, including most of the Chinatowns in the United States. Overseas sales have reached $160 million over the past five years.


 

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 29 Sep 2008 23:58 #2910

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Cadbury finds melamine in recalled food: spokesman
14 hours ago

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LONDON (AFP) — British sweet maker Cadbury found traces of the industrial chemical melamine in Chinese-made products recalled in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, a spokesman for the company said Monday.

The chemical was found in tests carried out following the recall of products made at its Beijing plant, in the latest fallout from the toxic milk scandal which has killed four Chinese infants and made 53,000 others there ill.

"The tests have shown there were traces of melamine," said Tony Bilsborough, a spokesman at the firm's headquarters in Birmingham. He gave no more details and referred questions to the sweet maker's Singapore office.

Cadbury had earlier said it ordered a recall of China-made chocolates in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia after internal tests "cast doubt" on the safety of some chocolates, it said in a statement.

The 11 products recalled include Cadbury Eclairs and bulk packets of Dairy Milk chocolate, the company said earlier.

They are the latest in a list, expanding by the day, of China-made foods and drinks that have been removed from stores around the world since the scandal was first exposed earlier this month.

More than a dozen Asian and African countries, plus the 27-member European Union, have taken steps to ban or otherwise limit consumption of Chinese milk-product imports.

The crisis is among the most serious in a litany of product-safety scandals emerging from China's chaotic and corrupt manufacturing industries in recent years.

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 02 Oct 2008 14:57 #2911

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Contaminated candy found in the US!!!

See edited version in first post from the AP

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 07 Oct 2008 21:17 #2912

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I think we should be concerned about China all around!

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 30 Nov 2008 23:22 #2913

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via the Global Mail

FOOD SAFETY

Health Canada tests find melamine in baby food

MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
ENVIRONMENT REPORTER
November 27, 2008


Separate testing by both Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detected traces of melamine in infant formula, one of the first times the industrial chemical used to make plastic has been found in baby food made in North America.

The melamine levels were well below Health Canada's safety limits, although some public health advocates are critical of the industry and regulators for allowing any residues of a potentially dangerous substance in food for infants.

Health officials have been on alert for the chemical since the discovery this year of a massive case of melamine poisoning in China, where milk was deliberately adulterated with the chemical, leading to illnesses in more than 50,000 children, including cases of acute kidney failure.

The U.S. melamine findings came to light this week through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press for the FDA's testing records.

In response to e-mailed questions, Health Canada confirmed that it has also tested infant food products for the contaminant and found it in "some" formula. But it said "the levels are extremely low and would not represent a risk to Canadian children."

The Associated Press said the FDA also detected cyanuric acid, a chemical related to melamine, in the formula of one of the manufacturers whose products it examined, while another company confirmed to AP that its in-house testing had also found traces of melamine.

The three firms involved - Abbott Laboratories, Nestlé and Mead Johnson - account for more than 90 per cent of U.S. infant formula sales.

The concentrations that made children sick in China were thousands of times higher than the contaminant levels detected in North America, which were likely due to the inadvertent leaching of trace amounts of melamine from packaging or cleaning materials containing the chemical.

In China, large quantities of melamine were deliberately added to watered-down milk to give it the appearance of having adequate protein levels.

The melamine in the U.S. formula was reportedly 0.14 parts per million. Health Canada allows up to 1 part per million. An assessment posted on the agency's website says an amount below its safety threshold "does not pose a health risk." Nonetheless, it has a policy "that levels of potential contaminants in infant foods should be kept as low as reasonably achievable."

Canada's safety assessment on the risks to children from melamine in formula is different from that of the FDA, which last month said that it "is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns."

The FDA said it couldn't make a safety determination because of gaps in the scientific knowledge about the effects of the chemical, including the consequences for children who get formula as their only source of nutrition.

Health Canada said in the e-mail that its scientists reviewed all the available data about the health effects of melamine and developed an exposure level that it estimated wouldn't pose a risk.

Some public health advocates say melamine shouldn't be in the food supply at all.

"We think that this is an urgent issue," said Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst at Environmental Working Group, a U.S. advocacy group that focuses on health effects of dangerous chemicals. She said it is particularly worrisome that the FDA "was unable to set a safe level in formula."

But she cautioned that at this point, the best choice for parents who have weaned their children and placed them on formula is to continue with this food, rather than trying to find a substitute that may be less nutritious or safe.

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 30 Nov 2008 23:36 #2914

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From the New York Times:

Melamine found in US BABY FORMULA!!!

I don't care how trace the amounts are this is UNACCEPTABLE!!!

WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE FDA!

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 07 Dec 2008 02:18 #2915

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I received this just today...

www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/walgreens12_08.html

Walgreens Recalls 173 Teddy Bears With Chocolate Bars Sold Since Late September 2008 due to melamine contamination.

Contact:
Michael Polzin
(847) 914-2925

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- DEERFIELD, Ill., Dec. 5, 2008 – Walgreens is recalling 173 teddy bears with chocolate bars sold in stores since late September 2008. Analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that certain samples of the chocolate provided with the teddy bears were contaminated with melamine. Customers who purchased any of the 173 teddy bears should return them immediately to the Walgreens stores where they were purchased for a full refund.

Walgreens already has instructed stores to stop selling the product, which is specifically described as an approximately 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar. The product's UPC number is 047475864485, and the product tag also includes the item number 291332. Walgreens has not received any reports of illness or injury related to this product.

Walgreens takes the safety of its customers seriously and is working with the FDA on this recall. For additional information, visit Walgreens Web site at www.walgreens.com/images/pdfs/recalls/Te...r_Product_Safety.pdf or contact Walgreens Product Quality department at 847-315-2755, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central time.


The stuff that goes on in China is very disturbing to me. It's bad enough that it's happening there, but when it happens [or is allowed to occur] here via importing, it's even worse.

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Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 07 Dec 2008 04:18 #2916

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Thank you Al,

I'm just so stressed about all of the $hit coming out of China into our already over chemically processed, over bio-engineered, toxic foods here. We just need to say NO to all imported foods from China period.

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 07 Dec 2008 04:32 #2917

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[user=2]Debra[/user] wrote:

We just need to say NO to all imported foods from China period.

Amen Sister!

Have you looked in your store's frozen fish section? So much of it is a product of China. The real kicker is that it's half the price of fish from any other country [US or other]. I don't care how cheap it is...I avoid it like...gluten ;) heheheee

Dec. 15, 2007 - In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters

January 17, 2008 - China's fish farms are cleaner - for now - Still not convinced...

Should We be Concerned about China's Melamine? YES! 07 Dec 2008 13:14 #2918

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Thanks for those links Al, it's all too much for me. It's like we're living back in the 1970's with all the DDT, heavy fertilizers and heavy metals flowing through our own rivers. Our Hawk and Eagle populations are just now recovered after 30 years of near extinction.

I read somewhere that the FDA has finally set up an office in China....:? 1 office for 1.3 billion people.

What's worse... because food is so cheap coming out of China, apple juice, and other foods are being served up to our school children. :shock:
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