I’m confused. Yahoo news is reporting that there is Melamine in infant formula. The FDA says that there is no acceptable limit for Melamine in infant formula. The FDA also says that we (parents) shouldn’t overreact.
Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. The Food and Drug Administration said last month it was unable to identify any melamine exposure level as safe for infants, but a top official said it would be a “dangerous overreaction” for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it.
“The levels that we are detecting are extremely low,” said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “They should not be changing the diet. If they’ve been feeding a particular product, they should continue to feed that product. That’s in the best interest of the baby.”
I get that I’m just a housewife (with a graduate degree) and I couldn’t possibly really understand what the scientists know…
Previously undisclosed tests, obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, show that the FDA has detected melamine in a sample of one popular formula and the presence of , in the formula of a second manufacturer.
Oh forget it. Can I scream from the mountaintops? You are killing our children! I have two kids and a husband and without my kids guess what I’ve got? Nothing, not a damn thing. The FDA said in October “FDA is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns.”
So what is it? Is a little bit of Melamine okay when it’s not your child?
Is it okay if the kidney stones are small?
Which scientist/policy maker/corportate giant is going to rock the babies when they pass kidney stones?
How much profit is there when you medicate the mothers who are mourning the loss of their children?
We were furious when babies died in China, are we only irritated when they’re deliberately poisoned here in the USA?
Where is the outrage? This is a failure and an abomination. For those of you who are even considering posting about how babies should ONLY have breastmilk… don’t even think about it. Not today.
If you have a baby, or a friend has a baby here are some important facts.
- Three tests of Nestle’s Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with Iron detected an average of 0.247 parts per million of cyanuric acid, a melamine byproduct.
- Nestle’s Peptamen Junior medical food showed 0.201 and 0.206 parts per million of melamine while Nestle’s Nutren Junior-Fiber showed 0.16 and 0.184 parts per million.
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who heads a panel that oversees the FDA budget, said the agency was taking a “marketplace first, science last” approach.
- Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., a frequent critic of the FDA, said: “If no safe level of melamine has been established for consumption by children, then the FDA should immediately recall any formula that has tested positive for even trace amounts of the contaminant.”
- The FDA’s melamine guidance: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine.html
[This post was written by Jessica Gottlieb.]