Q: There is a lot in the news about the melamine found in Chinese baby formula/milk. It doesn’t look like anyone in the United States has been affected yet–but there may be some risk in larger cities with large Chinese populations. Is there any other possible risk to American consumers?
A: There have been so many food concerns over the past two years that really highlight the issues of globalization and inadequate regulatory budgets.
The FDA is warning parents and caregivers not to feed infant formula made in China to infants because of possible contamination with melamine, a chemical linked to tainted animal feed last year.
Melamine artificially makes milk appear to have more protein; it can cause kidney diseases such as those seen in the Chinese infants. Do what is safest for your infant. Only buy formulas from manufacturers that have met the FDA’s requirements for marketing infant formulas. These are: Abbott Nutritionals, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nestle USA, PBM Nutritionals. Look for these names on the formula’s label.
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