Note: PPM means parts per million
The current maximum standard for the average human’s consumption of melamine in the US is 2.5 parts per million, or ppm. This, of course assumes, that you will not consume your melamine-laced milk, with your possibly laced breakfast cereal and double you intake. The FDA has now set a standard for infants of 1 ppm.
It seems to me that most babies start out at less than a ratio of 1 to 2.5, so I don’t know how we arrived at the decision that this new standard would be acceptable. I guess we should be happy for small favors.
FDA Sets Melamine Guide for Baby Formula
FDA sets standard for melamine in baby formula higher than level found in US-made product
By JOAN LOWY
The Associated Press
Less than two months after federal food regulators said they were unable to set a safety threshold for the industrial chemical melamine in baby formula, they announced a standard that allows for higher levels than those found in U.S.-made batches of the product.
Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday set a threshold of 1 part per million of melamine in formula, provided a related chemical isn’t present. They insisted the formulas are safe.
The setting of the standard comes days after The Associated Press reported that FDA tests found traces of melamine in the infant formula of one major U.S. manufacturer and cyanuric acid, a chemical relative, in the formula of a second major maker. The contaminated samples, which both measured at levels below the new standard, were analyzed several weeks ago…]
As we reported earlier, the FDA did find traces of melamine in a sample taken, of one of the three US manufacturers of infant formula. In addition, in another sample a trace of cyanide was discovered in a second manufacturer’s product. For more information from the FDA click the link: Melamine Contamination in China (Updated: November 28, 2008)
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