Infant formula sold in the United States has been found to contain trace amounts of the chemical melamine the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday.
“There’s no basis for concern because we’re talking about trace levels that are so low … that there’s absolutely no risk.”
Melamine-tainted formula was found earlier this year in China, where thousands of children fell ill and several died. In September, the FDA sought to assure parents and said there was no similar contamination threat in the United States. The chemical, normally used to make plastics, has been found in milk power, wheat gluten and other Chinese-made ingredients used in a products ranging from pet food to candy.
Melamine’s ability to make foods appear to have higher amounts of protein during testing has made it a cheap but dangerous substitute that can damage the kidneys.
Leon said that was not the case with the U.S. infant formula, which in September was determined not to be made with any Chinese ingredients.
The new results “are most likely a result of the manufacturing process or what comes into contact with formula in cans. It’s not adulteration and it’s not contamination,” she said.
The FDA declined to name the manufacturer of the sample found to contain melamine, they just said that,
“Infant formula manufactured in the United States remains safe and nutritious. U.S. infant formula products meet the highest standards and specifications.”
There are two things about this situation that bother me. The first is that the manufacturer of the formula is not being named and second, that the FDA assured us that there was no issue with U.S. formula after the whole China scandal and clearly there is an issue.
While I know that ‘trace’ amounts is not enough to worry about, but that fact that it is present is scary to me.
I also can’t forget that the FDA is the same organization that continues to say that BPA is ok in baby bottles, when the rest of the world contradicts their findings time and time again.
The effects of the Melamine in China will be seen for years to come. 50,000 sick babies don’t get healthy overnight….