Why is Melamine added in
milk powder? The most important nutrient in milk is protein. More profit for the business man! It lowers capitalization. Melamine has the same protein that contains "NITROGEN”. Adding Melamine in milk reduces milk content. It is cheaper than milk.
August 2008 China Sanlu Milk
Powder tested with Melamine. September 2008 New Zealand government ask China to check this problem September 21, 2008 Lots of food products in Taiwan tested with Melamine. Discovered in China:
What happens when Melamine is
digested? <ul><li>Melamine remains inside the kidney. </li></ul><ul><li>Forms into stones blocking the tubes. </li></ul><ul><li>Kidney will then swell. </li></ul><ul><li>It can lead to loss of kidney function. </li></ul><ul><li>Patient will require kidney dialysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Can lead to death because of uremia. </li></ul>Symptoms: pain, cannot urinate Surgery can remove the stones, but it will cause irreversible kidney damage.
<ul><li>What is dialysis? </li></ul><ul><li>Dialysis is
required for patients who have temporarily or permanently lost their kidney functions. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps by filtering the blood through a machine to rid the body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. </li></ul><ul><li>The process: </li></ul><ul><li>takes 4 hours </li></ul><ul><li>needs to be performed once every 3 days </li></ul><ul><li>is required for the rest of their life. </li></ul>
Wikipedia: Melamine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine Melamine Contaminated
Food List http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/melamine-contaminated-food-list.html Melamine in Food Products Manufactured in China http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/melamine/chinafood.asp Canadian Food Inspection Agency : Melamine - Certain products from China http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/2008melamine.shtml Melamine Contamination in China http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01891.html <ul><li>What are the foods to be avoided? </li></ul><ul><li>Which companies are affected? </li></ul><ul><li>Food that contain dairy products. </li></ul>ASK CHECK SEARCH READ NOTE Food Labels http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/ss/food_labels.htm
What do we do next?
Avoid product reported contaminated for at least six months. Stop selling dairy products for the meantime if you have snack bar, restaurant or coffee shops. Change to mother's milk or find other substitutes if you have infants at home to feed. Share This Information With Friends