Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Traces of Melamine in U.S. Infant Formula

Traces amounts of the chemical melamine have been detected in several samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated in a report last month that it was unable to identify any level of melamine exposure that was safe for infants. However, a top FDA official said it would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies are dependent on it.

"The levels that we are detecting are extremely low," said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "They should not be changing the diet. If they've been feeding a particular product, they should continue to feed that product. That's in the best interest of the baby."

Melamine is the chemical that was found in Chinese infant formula in much larger concentrations. The chemical has been blamed for killing at least three babies, and making at least 50,000 others sick. Thankfully, there have been no reports of illness in the U.S. from melamine at this time.

The three companies involved were Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson.

[Learn more about melamine at http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine.html]

Is a little bit of melamine ok? Share your thoughts.

Source: Yahoo News


Anonymous said...

If anyone is interested in calling Judy Leon with the FDA and asking her why they wont release the name of the company of type of formula, she can be reached at 301-827-3314