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More Melamine Found in Baby Food

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Updates published on the FDA’s website reveals more products for infants that are contaminated with melamine.
A December Pulse of Health Freedom article reported on the contradictory action taken by the FDA after baby formula was found to be contaminated with melamine, a compound first synthesized in 1834. Melamine is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Surplus melamine has been an additive in feedstock and milk in mainland China for several years now because it can make diluted or poor quality material appear to be higher in protein. In September 2008, nearly 53,000 people became ill from melamine in powdered milk, with more than 12,800 hospitalizations and four infant deaths were reported in China.

The FDA’s update revealed that four out of 89 products tested positive for either melamine or cyanuric acid, which is a related compound. The products in question are sold under the brands Nestle and Enfamil. The FDA says the levels are too low to pose any risk to public health, though they stated in a previous advisory that it was unable to establish that melamine in infant formula was safe at any level.

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