posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 12:36 PM
Wow it seems that these companies that are producing this milk powder for baby formula are still at it. Using melamine as a filler I guess is cheaper
than using real milk. Perhaps this shows that it is getting tougher for at least these factories to produce their product for the money they are
getting in return. Just a guess.
In case anyone forgot what melamine really is...here ya go.
Melamine is described as being "Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Chronic exposure may cause cancer or reproductive damage.
Eye, skin and respiratory irritant.” However, the short-term lethal dose is on a par with common table salt with an LD50 of more than 3 grams per
kilogram of bodyweight. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists explained that when melamine and cyanuric acid are absorbed into the
bloodstream, they concentrate and interact in the urine-filled renal microtubules, then crystallize and form large numbers of round, yellow crystals,
which in turn block and damage the renal cells that line the tubes, causing the kidneys to malfunction.
The European Union set a standard for acceptable human consumption (Tolerable Daily Intake) of melamine at 0.5 milligrams per kg of body mass (reduced
to 0.2 mg per kg in April 2010), Canada declared a limit of 0.35 mg and the US FDA’s limit was put at 0.63 mg, but was later reduced to 0.063 mg
daily. The World Health Organization’s food safety director estimated that the amount of melamine a person could stand per day without incurring a
bigger health risk, the "tolerable daily intake" (TDI), was 0.2 mg per kg of body mass.
(visit the link for the full news article)