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Toxic Chinese Baby Formula

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, September 12, 2008 11:29 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Melamine, Pet Food Recall, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Toxic Substances, Dangerous Products

Chinese made baby formula found to contain melamine



IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ baby boy and bottle/ author: Matthias Sebulke


The toxic protein-like substitute found in recalled dog food last year, has now been identified in infant formula made in China.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting Asian and ethnic markets in the U.S. that may have imported the formula, with the brand name of Sanlu.

One baby in the northwestern province of Gansu reportedly died from ingesting the melamine-tainted formula and about 60 others have been hospitalized with kidney problems and kidney stones.

Last year, the industrial chemical poisoned and killed thousands of U.S. dogs and cats.

The Chinese dairy that produced the formula has recalled 700 tons. The China Health Ministry says the chemical was added sometime after the milk was purchased from farmers.  

78 farmers have been summoned for questioning. Spokesman Mao Qunan said “Those responsible will face serious punishment.”

The FDA’s Janice Oliver issued a statement of assurance, “We went to reassure the public that there’s no contamination in the domestic supply of infant formula.”

Oliver says six companies manufacture baby food distributed in this country and none import ingredients from China, however ethnic Chinese communities across the U.S., including Southern California, may have purchased formula made from China on the black market.

Importing Chinese - made baby formula is illegal but the products have been found in the U.S.

When measuring for protein content, melamine will register as protein, even though it is a byproduct of the plastic manufacturing process.

In the largest pet food recall in history, melamine had been added as well as another chemical, cyanuric acid, to increase the protein content.

They were then sold as gluten to U.S. and Canadian pet food makers. The chemicals caused crystals to form in the urinary track of animals causing kidney disease and death to thousands of pets.

China has its own version of a food and drug administration. Last year its disgraced head was sentenced to death for accepting bribes to approve faulty medicines.   

Earlier this year, 13 babies died in China after drinking fake milk powder made with starch, flour and sugar.  #  

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