Sunday, November 30, 2008

Melamine and Food

Cookies. Candy. Instant coffee. Pretzels. Ice cream. Yogurt. Crackers and biscuits. Eggs and products containing powdered eggs. Cake. Powdered and condensed milk, and products containing them. Livestock and fish feed. Soy milk. Pie. Wheat gluten. Cereal. Tea.

Chances are good that you have consumed one of these products recently, or will in the coming days and weeks. If any of them are from China - and no, you may not be able to tell by looking at the label - then you may want to sit up and pay attention.

These foods of Chinese origin have been found by authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, or parts of Asia to contain an industrial chemical called melamine that is used to make plastic. In recent weeks, the Chinese government has admitted that adding melamine to food - which raises protein levels, making poor-quality products look more nutritious - is common practice in China.....more

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