Ok, so now melamine is “permissible”?

By | October 9, 2008

In an attempt to rebuild consumer confidence in its dairy industry, the Health Ministry in China has announced new limits set by the government on the amount of melamine permissible in milk products. Well, maybe they should set the bar higher so that everyone can be excused from blame.

Before you know it, the Health Ministry will have permissible levels for all sorts of chemical compounds that “inadvertently” made their way into our foodstuff.

On 3.10.2008, the US FDA stated:

“If products are adulterated because they contain melamine, (authorities) will take appropriate actions to prevent the products from entering commerce,” the FDA said in a statement. The agency said it was setting the 2.5 parts-per-million standard to address situations in which the chemical accidentally comes into contact with, such as in cases where it is used for industrial purposes in a factory that makes food products.

Officials also stressed that infant formula sold to US consumers must be completely free of melamine.

“There is too much uncertainty to set a level in infant formula and rule out any public health concern,” the FDA said.”

Is China’s Health Ministry taking the view that melamine-laced food is legally permissible – deliberate or otherwise?

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