90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine

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FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula

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."

Melamine is the chemical found in Chinese infant formula — in far larger concentrations — that has been blamed for killing at least three babies and making at least 50,000 others ill.

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 cyanuric acid, a chemical relative of melamine, in the formula of a second manufacturer.

Separately, a third major formula maker told AP that in-house tests had detected trace levels of melamine in its infant formula.

The three firms — Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson — manufacture more than 90 percent of all infant formula produced in the United States.

The FDA and other experts said the melamine contamination in U.S.-made formula had occurred during the manufacturing process, rather than intentionally.

The U.S. government quietly began testing domestically produced infant formula in September, soon after problems with melamine-spiked formula surfaced in China.

Sundlof said there have been no reports of human illness in the United States from melamine, which can bind with other chemicals in urine, potentially causing damaging stones in the kidney or bladder and, in extreme cases, kidney failure.

Melamine is used in some U.S. plastic food packaging and can rub off onto what we eat; it's also contained in a cleaning solution used on some food processing equipment and can leach into the products being prepared.

Sundlof told the AP the positive test results "so far are in the trace range, and from a public health or infant health perspective, we consider those to be perfectly fine."

That's different from the impression of zero tolerance the agency left on Oct. 3, when it stated: "FDA is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns."

FDA scientists said then that they couldn't set an acceptable level of melamine exposure in infant formula because science hadn't had enough time to understand the chemical's effects on infants' underdeveloped kidneys. Plus, there is the complicating factor that infant formula often constitutes a newborn's entire diet.

The agency added, however, that its position did not mean that any exposure to a detectable level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula would result in harm to infants.

Still, the announcement was widely interpreted by manufacturers, the news media and Congress to mean that infant formula that tested positive at any level could not be sold in the United States.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, for example, told its members: "FDA could not identify a safe level for melamine and related compounds in infant formula; thus it can be concluded they will not accept any detectable melamine in infant formula."

It was not until the AP inquired about tests on domestic formula that the FDA articulated that while it couldn't set a safe exposure for infants, it would accept some melamine in formula — raising the question of whether the decision to accept very low concentrations was made only after traces were detected.

On Sunday, Sundlof said the agency had never said, nor implied, that domestic infant formula was going to be entirely free of melamine. He said he didn't know if the agency's statements on infant formula had been misinterpreted.

In China, melamine was intentionally dumped into watered-down milk to trick food quality tests into showing higher protein levels than actually existed. Byproducts of the milk ended up in infant formula, coffee creamers, even biscuits.

The concentrations of melamine there were extraordinarily high, as much as 2,500 parts per million. The concentrations detected in the FDA samples were 10,000 times smaller — the equivalent of a drop in a 64-gallon trash bin.

There would be no economic advantage to spiking U.S.-made formula at the extremely low levels found in the FDA testing. It neither raises the protein count nor saves valuable protein, said University of California, Davis chemist Michael Filigenzi, a melamine detection expert.

According to FDA data for tests of 77 infant formula samples, a trace concentration of melamine was detected in one product — Mead Johnson's Infant Formula Powder, Enfamil LIPIL with Iron. An FDA spreadsheet shows two tests were conducted on the Enfamil, with readings of 0.137 and 0.14 parts per million.

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.

The FDA said last month that the toxicity of cyanuric acid is under study, but that meanwhile it is "prudent" to assume that its potency is equal to that of melamine.

And while the FDA said tests of 18 samples of formula made by Abbott Laboratories, including its Similac brand, did not detect melamine, spokesman Colin McBean said some company tests did find the chemical. He did not identify the specific product or the number of positive tests.

McBean did say the detections were at levels far below the health limits set by all countries in the world, including Taiwan, where the limit is 0.05 parts per million.

"We're talking about trace amounts right here, and you know there's a lot of scientific bodies out there that say low levels of melamine are always present in certain types of foods," said McBean.

Mead Johnson spokeswoman Gail Wood said her company's in-house tests had not detected any melamine, and that the company had not been informed of the FDA test results, even during a confidential agency conference call Monday with infant formula makers about melamine contamination.

The FDA tests also detected melamine in two samples of nutritional supplements for very sick children who have trouble digesting regular food. 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.

The agency said that while there are no established exposure levels for infant formula, pediatric medical food — often used in feeding tubes for very sick, young children — can have 2.5 parts per million of melamine, just like food products other than infant formula.

The head of manufacturing for Nestle Nutrition in North America, Walter Huber, said in an interview that the company took samples alongside FDA officials who visited a manufacturing plant, and that those samples showed similar results to what FDA found for the two pediatric medical foods. Huber added that Nestle didn't fund cyanuric acid in any of the samples.

The FDA shared its results with Nestle a few weeks ago, Huber said. He said he wasn't sure whether Nestle had tested other of its products beyond what it did related to the FDA.

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.

"The FDA should be insisting on a zero-tolerance policy for melamine in domestic infant formula until it is able to determine conclusively based on sound independent science that the trace levels would not pose a health risk to infants," DeLauro said.

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."

Several medical experts said trace concentrations would be diluted even in an infant, and are highly unlikely to be harmful.

"It's just a tiny amount, it's very unlikely to cause stones," said Stanford University Medical School pediatrics professor Dr. Paul Grimm.

Dr. Jerome Paulson, an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said he didn't think the FDA's decision was unreasonable. He added, however, that the agency should research the impacts of long-term, low-dose exposure, "and not just assume it's safe, and then 15 years from now find out that it's not."
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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 09:26:33 pm »
FDA:  "Hey, there's small amounts of poison in baby formula, but don't worry about it".

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2008, 09:29:39 pm »
It was only a matter of time. This should be headline news but the economy is providing a nice distraction
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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2008, 09:33:17 pm »
These people are just plain EVIL. *SIGH*
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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 09:48:36 pm »
I have a daughter on formula,
and these f**kers are going to tell me to feed her poison
because they say it is  ok
and yet no one is in the streets
america just goes on , as long as it gets it's drama and circuses in whatever form, be it the internets or the tv

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 10:19:08 pm »
Chinese products with melamine?
Stop the presses! Recall! Investigate! This is unacceptable!

American products with melamine?
Federal regulators insist the products are safe. It would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it. 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. Go back to bed, America.

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 10:22:33 pm »



  What happen to the rule they use to have of pulling all the sh_t off the shelves?  More than likely, officials at the the FDA (FATAL DRUG ADMINISTRATION) are taking bribes not to throw the book at these rat bastard Chinese.

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 10:22:38 pm »
Chinese products with melamine?
Stop the presses! Recall! Investigate! This is unacceptable!

American products with melamine?
Federal regulators insist the products are safe. It would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it. 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. Go back to bed, America.

Hell, there's fluoride in our water, so what's a little melamine in infant formula?
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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 10:38:00 pm »
Here is an organic baby formula I highly recommend for anyone who has a baby on formula:  http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?Ntk=products&x=0&ss=1&y=0&Ntt=organic%20infant%20formula

Otherwise, I say go back to cows milk or goats milk--make sure it is organic!  Give you children vitamins and screw all this noise.

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FDA says melamine in formula is bad, finds melamine in formula, so now it's OK
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2008, 12:05:28 pm »
Let me first say this, if you feed a baby formula you're destroying him anyway, the melamine may very well be amongst the least of things you have to worry about. You can buy all the fluoride filters and patriot packs of stored food you want, there's nothing you can do that's going to do to reverse the damage that caused. That being said, this just shows what a bunch of lying trash the FDA is.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/25/fda-finds-traces-of-melam_n_146536.html
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."

Melamine is the chemical found in Chinese infant formula _ in far larger concentrations _ that has been blamed for killing at least three babies and making at least 50,000 others ill.

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 cyanuric acid, a chemical relative of melamine, in the formula of a second manufacturer.

Separately, a third major formula maker told AP that in-house tests had detected trace levels of melamine in its infant formula.

The three firms _ Abbott Laboratories, Nestle and Mead Johnson _ manufacture more than 90 percent of all infant formula produced in the United States.

The FDA and other experts said the melamine contamination in U.S.-made formula had occurred during the manufacturing process, rather than intentionally.

The U.S. government quietly began testing domestically produced infant formula in September, soon after problems with melamine-spiked formula surfaced in China.

Sundlof said there have been no reports of human illness in the United States from melamine, which can bind with other chemicals in urine, potentially causing damaging stones in the kidney or bladder and, in extreme cases, kidney failure.

Melamine is used in some U.S. plastic food packaging and can rub off onto what we eat; it's also contained in a cleaning solution used on some food processing equipment and can leach into the products being prepared.

Sundlof told the AP the positive test results "so far are in the trace range, and from a public health or infant health perspective, we consider those to be perfectly fine."

That's different from the impression of zero tolerance the agency left on Oct. 3, when it stated: "FDA is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns."

FDA scientists said then that they couldn't set an acceptable level of melamine exposure in infant formula because science hadn't had enough time to understand the chemical's effects on infants' underdeveloped kidneys. Plus, there is the complicating factor that infant formula often constitutes a newborn's entire diet.

The agency added, however, that its position did not mean that any exposure to a detectable level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula would result in harm to infants.

Still, the announcement was widely interpreted by manufacturers, the news media and Congress to mean that infant formula that tested positive at any level could not be sold in the United States.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, for example, told its members: "FDA could not identify a safe level for melamine and related compounds in infant formula; thus it can be concluded they will not accept any detectable melamine in infant formula."

It was not until the AP inquired about tests on domestic formula that the FDA articulated that while it couldn't set a safe exposure for infants, it would accept some melamine in formula _ raising the question of whether the decision to accept very low concentrations was made only after traces were detected.

On Sunday, Sundlof said the agency had never said, nor implied, that domestic infant formula was going to be entirely free of melamine. He said he didn't know if the agency's statements on infant formula had been misinterpreted.

In China, melamine was intentionally dumped into watered-down milk to trick food quality tests into showing higher protein levels than actually existed. Byproducts of the milk ended up in infant formula, coffee creamers, even biscuits.

The concentrations of melamine there were extraordinarily high, as much as 2,500 parts per million. The concentrations detected in the FDA samples were 10,000 times smaller _ the equivalent of a drop in a 64-gallon trash bin.

There would be no economic advantage to spiking U.S.-made formula at the extremely low levels found in the FDA testing. It neither raises the protein count nor saves valuable protein, said University of California, Davis chemist Michael Filigenzi, a melamine detection expert.

According to FDA data for tests of 77 infant formula samples, a trace concentration of melamine was detected in one product _ Mead Johnson's Infant Formula Powder, Enfamil LIPIL with Iron. An FDA spreadsheet shows two tests were conducted on the Enfamil, with readings of 0.137 and 0.14 parts per million.

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.

The FDA said last month that the toxicity of cyanuric acid is under study, but that meanwhile it is "prudent" to assume that its potency is equal to that of melamine.

And while the FDA said tests of 18 samples of formula made by Abbott Laboratories, including its Similac brand, did not detect melamine, spokesman Colin McBean said some company tests did find the chemical. He did not identify the specific product or the number of positive tests.

McBean did say the detections were at levels far below the health limits set by all countries in the world, including Taiwan, where the limit is 0.05 parts per million.

"We're talking about trace amounts right here, and you know there's a lot of scientific bodies out there that say low levels of melamine are always present in certain types of foods," said McBean.

Mead Johnson spokeswoman Gail Wood said her company's in-house tests had not detected any melamine, and that the company had not been informed of the FDA test results, even during a confidential agency conference call Monday with infant formula makers about melamine contamination.

The FDA tests also detected melamine in two samples of nutritional supplements for very sick children who have trouble digesting regular food. 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.

The agency said that while there are no established exposure levels for infant formula, pediatric medical food _ often used in feeding tubes for very sick, young children _ can have 2.5 parts per million of melamine, just like food products other than infant formula.

The head of manufacturing for Nestle Nutrition in North America, Walter Huber, said in an interview that the company took samples alongside FDA officials who visited a manufacturing plant, and that those samples showed similar results to what FDA found for the two pediatric medical foods. Huber added that Nestle didn't fund cyanuric acid in any of the samples.

The FDA shared its results with Nestle a few weeks ago, Huber said. He said he wasn't sure whether Nestle had tested other of its products beyond what it did related to the FDA.

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.

"The FDA should be insisting on a zero-tolerance policy for melamine in domestic infant formula until it is able to determine conclusively based on sound independent science that the trace levels would not pose a health risk to infants," DeLauro said.

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."

Several medical experts said trace concentrations would be diluted even in an infant, and are highly unlikely to be harmful.

"It's just a tiny amount, it's very unlikely to cause stones," said Stanford University Medical School pediatrics professor Dr. Paul Grimm.

Dr. Jerome Paulson, an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said he didn't think the FDA's decision was unreasonable. He added, however, that the agency should research the impacts of long-term, low-dose exposure, "and not just assume it's safe, and then 15 years from now find out that it's not."

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The Food and Drug Assassination strikes again. 
If you know a mom who uses formula, pass on this info and these natural homemade alternatives:

http://www.naturodoc.com/library/children/formula.htm
http://www.budget101.com/recipes/id771.htm
http://users.resist.ca/~kirstena/homemadecosmeticsbabies.html
I read one in this book, too, with yoghurt, spirulina, and other stuff I can't remember, but she had success with it:
http://www.amazon.com/Pregnancy-Herbal-Nutritional-Mother-Be/dp/0609804375

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/463.html
What we're not being told about melamine

Here's some more info on melamine I got in a recent email:

What is Melamine use for?
It is an industrial chemical use in the production of melawares.  It is also used in home decoration. " US resistant board"

Why is Melamine added in milk powder?
The most important nutrient in milk is protein. And Melamine has the same protein that contains "NITROGEN".  Adding Melamine in milk reduces milk content and it is cheaper than milk so it lowers capitalization. It can give the business man more profit!  Below is Melamine; doesn't it look like milk?  It doesn't have any smell, so cannot be detected.


When was it discovered?
Year 2007, US cats and dogs died suddenly, they found that pet food from China contains Melamine.  Starting 2008, In China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones.  August 2008 China Sanlu Milk Powder tested with Melamine.  Sept. 2008, New Zealand gov't ask China to check this problem.  Sept. 21, 2008, lots of food products in Taiwan tested with Melamine

What happens when Melamine is digested?
Melamine remains inside the kidney. It forms into stones blocking the tubes.
Pain will be eminent and person cannot urinate. Kidney will then swell.  Although surgery can remove the stones, but it will cause irreversible kidney damage.  It can lead to loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death because of uremia. What is dialysis? In fact, it should be called "blood washing"; it is filtering all of the body's blood into
the machine and then go back to the body.  The whole process takes 4 hours and it is necessary to dialysis once for every 3 days for the rest of your life.

Why is it more serious in babies?
Because the kidney is very small and they drink a lot of milk powder. China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized.

It does not matter how much a human being took Melamine. The important point is "It cannot be EATEN!"

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2008, 08:37:18 pm »

Is "melamine-formaldehyde resin" the new BPA (Bisphenol-A) ?

Many new melamine patents, to replace BPA with melamine based plastics?

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5710239/description.html
US Patent Issued on January 20, 1998

The present invention relates to a water-soluble, sulfonated
melamine-formaldehyde resin, to methods of manufacturing the resin, and to
products prepared using the resin. More particularly, the invention
relates to a water-soluble, sulfonated melamine-formaldehyde resin which,
when cured, exhibits low formaldehyde emissions. The resin, when used in
thermal insulation for example, provides a product with a low moisture
adsorption and a high tensile strength.

It is known in the art to produce water-soluble melamine-formaldehyde
resins using a condensation reaction; however, these resins have a
drawback of producing modest to high amounts of free formaldehyde
. Such
resins have been used as casting resins, as adhesives, and as textile
finishing agents. The introduction of a sulfonic group is known to improve
certain physical and chemical properties of the resinous condensation
products; however, the properties of such modified resins are not
sufficiently improved with respect to some fields of application such as
thermal insulation.

Melamine starts in 1969 ? Any earlier? humm...

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/3455852.html
MOLDING COMPOSITION COMPRISING MELAMINE-FORMALDEHYDE PLASTIC/COAL TAR DISTILLATE
Publication Date:07/15/1969

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They say these products don't leech formaldehyde? They sure are doing a lot of testing:

http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymai/medline/related/MDLN.8628801

Residual formaldehyde after low-temperature steam and formaldehyde sterilization
Technical aspects of gaseous formaldehyde as a sterilant

Methyl bromide, ethylene oxide and ethylene formaldehyde: biological and toxicological problems and problems related to treatment of library materials

Occupational allergy from 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3-one and other preservatives in plastic emulsions
Formaldehyde content of blood in workers in contact with urea-formaldehyde resins
Migration of melamine and formaldehyde from tableware made of melamine resin.
The influence of formaldehyde, ethylene oxide, high pressure on the tension of silk suture
Patch-test reactions to plastic and glue allergens
Determination of unbound formaldehyde in protein coverings using the colorimetric method with chromotropic acid

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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2008, 10:54:33 pm »
I have a daughter on formula,

Why isn't she breastfeeding?

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2008, 10:12:29 am »
Why isn't she breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, some women have a hard time doing this.  Of course breastmilk is the best but if women are too stressed they just cannot not produce much.  In today's times being stressed out is an understatement--speaking from experience.
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2008, 01:00:39 pm »
Unfortunately, some women have a hard time doing this.  Of course breastmilk is the best but if women are too stressed they just cannot not produce much.  In today's times being stressed out is an understatement--speaking from experience.

I understand. It's also true that women have been told through advertising and by (some) corrupt or misinformed health care professionals to not breastfeed their babies.

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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2008, 09:27:37 am »
I understand. It's also true that women have been told through advertising and by (some) corrupt or misinformed health care professionals to not breastfeed their babies.

Absolutely.  I had one doctor tell me through the advancement of science breastfeeding is so archaic. Needless to say, I fired her immediately.  :(
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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2008, 01:23:46 pm »
I had one doctor tell me through the advancement of science breastfeeding is so archaic.

More like through the advancement of the average mother's ignorance and the medical industrial complex takeover of government and modern medicine.

Needless to say, I fired her immediately.  :(

Good for you. You've got to be tough (politely) with these predators.

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90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
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http://www.naturalnews.com/024947.html
(NaturalNews) Up to 90 percent of the infant formula sold in the United States may be contaminated with trace amounts of melamine, the toxic chemical linked to kidney damage, according to recent tests. The FDA's test results, which the agency hid from the public and only released after the Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that Nestle, Mead Johnson and Enfamil infant formula products were all contaminated with melamine.

The AP is also reporting that Abbott Laboratories conducted its own in-house tests that detected trace levels of melamine in its formula products. Together, these infant formula manufacturers make about 90 percent of the infant formula sold in the United States.

Prior to these test results being made public, the FDA had published a document on its website that explained there was no safe level of melamine contamination in infant formula. Specifically, the FDA stated, "FDA is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns."

Once tests found melamine in U.S.-made formula products, however, the FDA changed its story. As of today, the FDA has now officially declared melamine to be safe in infant formula as long as the contamination level is less than one part per million (1 ppm).

Astonishingly: The FDA has no new science to justify its abrupt decision declaring melamine to be safe!

Protecting Big Business instead of American babies
Rather than being based on science, the FDA's decision appears to be based entirely on creating cover for U.S. infant formula manufacturers whose products were found to be contaminated with melamine. The "acceptable" level of contamination (1 ppm) is conveniently just above the levels found in U.S. infant formula products, thus placing U.S. infant formula in the "safe" contamination level category.

And yet the FDA has conducted no safety testing whatsoever to determine whether 1ppm of melamine is safe for infants to consume. There is no science involved in this decision whatsoever. Rather than this decision being based on science, the FDA is once again resorting to politically-motivated decisions that seek to protect the profits of Big Business rather than the safety of infants and children.

Recall that the FDA also recently declared Bisphenol-A to be safe for infants to consume, even while countries like Canada banned the chemical from baby bottles. The FDA, it seems has never met a corporate-sponsored chemical it didn't like.

Where did the melamine come from?
Laughingly, the FDA claims the 1ppm of melamine in U.S. infant formula must have come from the manufacturing machines or food packaging equipment. And yet the AP is reporting that the expected level of melamine contamination from manufacturing equipment is only 15 ppb (parts per billion).

But the FDA's own tests on Mead Johnson infant formula reveal it to contain 245 ppb, or 1600% more than what would be expected to exists due to melamine contamination from manufacturing equipment.

There are two really important questions that any intelligent consumer should be asking about all this:

Question #1) If the manufacturing and packaging equipment is contaminated with melamine, does this mean that ALL food products containing milk protein are similarly contaminated? The same companies that make infant formula also make Slim Fast, Ensure and Boost -- all are milk protein-based meal replacement products containing many of the same ingredients as infant formula. Are they contaminated with melamine, too?

Question #2) If manufacturing and packaging machinery should only result in melamine contamination levels of 15 ppb, and yet 245 ppb were found in the infant formula, then where did all the extra melamine come from? The FDA has no explanation for this and seems to hope people will forget to ask.

Two theories of melamine contamination
I offer two theories to explain the melamine contamination of these products. Obviously, the contamination could not be caused by the manufacturing and packaging of the product, because the melamine levels already found in U.S. infant formula products greatly exceed the expected levels from such manufacturing and packaging. The following two theories may explain the additional levels of detected melamine.

Theory #1: The infant formula is adulterated with melamine

This is what happened in China: Infant formula manufacturers added melamine to their milk protein to bulk up the product without adding much cost (melamine is much cheaper than milk protein). Because melamine's chemical profile is strikingly similar to milk protein, it can often fool simple protein analysis tests and appear to be legitimate.

If infant formula products use any milk protein from China, it could very easily have been adulterated with melamine. However, this is just a theory, and NaturalNews has no evidence that U.S. infant formula manufacturers actually used milk protein from China. Thus, we do not believe Theory #1 to be correct. Theory #2, below, seems more likely.

Theory #2: U.S. dairy operations are using animal feed contaminated with melamine

Because melamine is passed through cow's milk, the contamination of U.S. dairy cows with melamine through their feed could result in high melamine concentrations in the resulting milk proteins.

China has already admitted that melamine has been detected in alarming quantities in animal feed there, and tests have already shown chickens to be contaminated with the chemical. The question today is this: Do U.S. dairy farms use animal feed containing ingredients imported from China?

If so, then we may have a problem here that's much, much bigger than infant formula. We may have a dairy industry that's producing melamine-contaminated milk, which could mean that virtually all milk, yoghurt, butter and cheese produced in the U.S. might be contaminated with some level of melamine.

Again, NaturalNews has no proof that this is the situation, but the melamine must have come from somewhere. It didn't just spontaneously generate in the infant formula as the FDA would seemingly want us to believe. If the milk proteins in infant formula are contaminated with melamine, then it stands to reason that the milk proteins used throughout the food supply may also be contaminated.

We may, indeed, be looking at an industry-wide problem here. Powdered milk, meal replacement products and even milk protein drinks may all be contaminated with melamine at levels similar to the infant formula products.

Because you have to follow the logic here: Either the infant formula manufacturers ADDED melamine to their products (highly unlikely), or the entire milk product industry has a melamine problem.

You can't logically conclude that these infant formula manufacturers somehow got all the melamine-contaminated milk proteins but everybody else got melamine-free milk proteins. Milk proteins are a commodity in the food industry, and milk from thousands of different cows can all be mixed together in a single pound of milk protein. What could be happening here is that one dairy farm may have highly-contaminated cows because it used cheap feed fillers from China.

At this point, this is all just a theory, but it's a theory that makes sense. It makes a lot more sense than the FDA's theory that there's no problem and babies should just keep drinking melamine (and Bisphenol-A, for that matter...) and the press should stop asking questions.

Secret tests and public lies
There's no doubt that these infant formula manufacturers are pursuing the very same contamination theories I'm describing here. They're probably scrambling to test their milk protein sources, trying to figure out where all the extra melamine is coming from.

As usual, they'll try to keep the test results secret, preventing this from exploding into a much larger public health issue. The FDA, for its part, will continue to conduct any actual science in secret, preventing the public from knowing the tests results unless it is sued by organizations like the AP.

That's assuming the FDA conducts any science at all, because now the FDA believes it can declare contaminants to be safe at a level it just invents on the spot, without conducting any science whatsoever. The FDA is playing "Wheel of Fortune" with public safety (http://www.naturalnews.com/023681.html), and it's relying on guessing games - rather than actual science - to declare safety levels of chemicals it doesn't even understand.

The upshot of all this is really quite simple: People who feed their babies manufactured, mainstream infant formula products are fools! If there was ever a reason to breastfeed your baby, this is it. And if you're looking for truly safe infant formula products, go with natural brands such as Genesis Organics Goat Milk Formula (www.GenesisOrganics.com) or other "natural" brands that don't use cheap cow's milk proteins.

After all, it's quite clear at this point that the FDA doesn't care about your baby's health. You're the only one who can protect your baby from melamine. The FDA flat out refuses to do so. In fact, it's doing the opposite by declaring melamine to be safe!

So stop buying conventional infant formula products and start feeding your baby what it was meant to consume: Human breast milk from a healthy, well-nourished mom who eats lots of omega-3 oils and superfoods.

That's the best infant formula in the world. And by the way, human babies shouldn't be drinking bovine milk in the first place. The whole infant formula industry was a scam long before melamine came along. Now it's a contaminated scam.

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Seriously, if you CHOOSE NOT TO BREASTFEED, you DO NOT BELONG HAVING CHILDREN!

We are on one income. I'm pregnant with our fifth child. Some of you are probably saying, "OMG HOW R U DOING THAT?" Well, it's simple. All you have to do... is STOP. BEING. SELFISH!

I have breastfed all of my children, and they are very healthy. They are not zombies. They don't have behavioral problems.

Most of us are conditioned into this mindset of having STUFF. GET OUT OF THAT MINDSET! You can't take STUFF with you when you die, but you CAN be an instrument of the Creator, and help Him with HIS will in bringing children heavenbound into the world.

All the bad things happening in the world, yes, they're bad, but that doesn't mean that the GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD should not cooperate with the Creator and assist Him. If all the bad people in the world were the only ones having children, WHERE WILL WE BE IN 20 YEARS? BETTER OFF? NO!

Stop being selfish. Have children, stop being selfish, and for the love of God, BREASTFEED!
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2008, 06:36:55 pm »
Seriously, if you CHOOSE NOT TO BREASTFEED, you DO NOT BELONG HAVING CHILDREN!

We are on one income. I'm pregnant with our fifth child. Some of you are probably saying, "OMG HOW R U DOING THAT?" Well, it's simple. All you have to do... is STOP. BEING. SELFISH!

I have breastfed all of my children, and they are very healthy. They are not zombies. They don't have behavioral problems.

Most of us are conditioned into this mindset of having STUFF. GET OUT OF THAT MINDSET! You can't take STUFF with you when you die, but you CAN be an instrument of the Creator, and help Him with HIS will in bringing children heavenbound into the world.

All the bad things happening in the world, yes, they're bad, but that doesn't mean that the GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD should not cooperate with the Creator and assist Him. If all the bad people in the world were the only ones having children, WHERE WILL WE BE IN 20 YEARS? BETTER OFF? NO!
Matthew 5:37

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2008, 06:46:44 pm »
My body is highly mercury toxic which is passed on thru breastmilk. I breastfed one son and bottle fed the other.  The one I breastfed ended up being diagnosed with Autism (vaccines played a role as well).  He was treated biomedically and recovered.  My point is that even "breastmilk" is "tainted" as most mothers bodies are toxic.

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2008, 07:13:17 pm »
My point is that even "breastmilk" is "tainted" as most mothers bodies are toxic.

That's an excellent point. Perhaps every woman should detox before she breastfeeds. I guess most women should detox if they are sexually active and plan to carry any pregnancy to term.

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They appear to suggest on the TV that only International regulations can remedy it. NO, NO, and NO again. Strong national testing is required, with an international body to rely on, it is far easier to cover things up, and, far easier to take kickbacks or carry out eugenics.

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Can any one here with infants  love em  :)  gonna be a Gran aunt soon  :( 
give  a list of the ingredients of the Formula: Ty?
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2008, 08:38:27 pm »
Yes on d weekend and some times if im naughty i have a few beers and maybe a hotdog or some canned beans dont need tests to tell me the dinner i ate with my kids is gonna f**k up my kids because i did not want to give fourmela/babyfood whatever you want to call it bullshit.
Breast feed your kids. or why not list the ingredents on the back of the fourmula can come on do it then ask yourself whith is worse the mothers sin or big farma..nestela cow'n gate what name em its all the same shit
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« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2008, 08:48:08 pm »
I have a privately held theory...
that some of us are adapting to the toxins:
becoming bio remediation filtration systems,
thriving, as it were...

they just can't kill us.  We adapt, we resist, we thrive.

SO F**K 'EM!

It's gonna take more than a barrage of Chemtrails to GET ME, BABY!
I mean, is THAT ALL YOU F**kers GOT??? 

PS: I breast fed all my kids during the chernobyl jet stream scare in 86, through the DDT heydays and for years during Oregon's annual massive roadside Dioxin bath, and they are all healthy & intelligent.


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Re: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2008, 11:11:12 am »
I have a daughter on formula,


OMG I wouldnt give that to my DOG!

My baby bear/akita gets only bottled water and organic food with a super supplement.

AND we both detoxed with PARANIX kit. I give her 1 tablet to cleanse and get rid of
any bugs etc...

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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2008, 11:15:48 am »
I have a privately held theory...
that some of us are adapting to the toxins:
becoming bio remediation filtration systems,
thriving, as it were...

they just can't kill us.  We adapt, we resist, we thrive.

SO F**K 'EM!

It's gonna take more than a barrage of Chemtrails to GET ME, BABY!
I mean, is THAT ALL YOU F**kers GOT??? 

PS: I breast fed all my kids during the chernobyl jet stream scare in 86, through the DDT heydays and for years during Oregon's annual massive roadside Dioxin bath, and they are all healthy & intelligent.



I breastfed mine until he was 2 years old and he's sharp as a tack  ;)

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2008, 04:52:31 am »
I started my own non profit company called SnuggleMoM.ltd. about 3 years ago to promote breastfeeding, unfortunately our web site is down at the moment.You would not believe the rubbish and all out snobbery we came up against I know of girls asked to feed there kids in the toilet so as not to upset some peoples .Its a battle and nestle is at the heart of it i mean dirty tricks and dead babies giving a free one month supplies of formula to poor mothers who then find there own milk supplie has dried up and are then forced to buy baby milk they can not afford and in some cases watering down the baby milk, to make it last longer as they are poor and their babies then  becoming ill...............It is a shame.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!!.........PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOTT NESTLE!! >:(
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2008, 05:00:25 am »




Use my picture if it will help,” said this mother at the Children’s Hosptial, Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: UNICEF.

A baby dies every 30 seconds from unsafe bottle feeding
The photograph above tells the tragic story of the fatalities that occur due to unsafe bottle feeding. The babies are twins: the child with the bottle is a girl - she died the day after this photograph was taken - but her brother was breastfed and thrived.

The mother was told by her mother-in-law that she would not have enough milk for both children, and so she breasted her son and bottle-fed her daughter. But she would almost certainly have been able to feed both her babies, since the more a baby suckles, the more milk is produced.”


Also see..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9_boycott

http://www.babymilkaction.org/pages/campaign.html

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2008, 05:04:36 am »
why dont mothers just use boob milk more often

Nice terminology, there  ::)

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2008, 06:12:47 am »
why dont mothers just use boob milk more often

Sometimes it's difficult in the beginning.....it took 2 weeks or so before my baby (now 16!) would nurse.  The solution?  Pump it out, darlin'!!!  You can even freeze it (in glass containers, obviously)   ;D  Pumping also helps increase milk production....always took my little manual one with me everywhere.   ;)

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« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2008, 06:58:04 am »
Sometimes it's difficult in the beginning.....it took 2 weeks or so before my baby (now 16!) would nurse.  The solution?  Pump it out, darlin'!!!  You can even freeze it (in glass containers, obviously)   ;D  Pumping also helps increase milk production....always took my little manual one with me everywhere.   ;)

There ya go...there really is no limit to breastmilk production, actually ; you just have to make sure you stay hydrated.

La Leche League seems to know what's going on, so if i was a new mom looking for some help with that kind of thing, I'd visit their website :
http://www.llli.org/

And for the sake of all that is decent and good in this world, please, PLEASE don't let anyone ever tell you that you "can't" breastfeed in a restaurant, or let them make you go to the bathroom. I heard a really good story once about this mom who was told to go in the bathroom because it "wasn't appropriate"...so she told the lady, "ok, that's fine...why don't you grab your food and join us in there, and we can all eat in there?" and the lady backed off immediately, lol.

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2008, 07:16:26 am »
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There ya go...there really is no limit to breastmilk production, actually ; you just have to make sure you stay hydrated.

Why change the terminology??
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2008, 07:55:26 am »
And for the sake of all that is decent and good in this world, please, PLEASE don't let anyone ever tell you that you "can't" breastfeed in a restaurant, or let them make you go to the bathroom. I heard a really good story once about this mom who was told to go in the bathroom because it "wasn't appropriate"...so she told the lady, "ok, that's fine...why don't you grab your food and join us in there, and we can all eat in there?" and the lady backed off immediately, lol.
Lol. :) Good for her,thats the attitude we need.

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2009, 04:27:48 pm »
A link as to why melamine is showing up everywhere in our food.... and why the epa/fda is letting it happen...

cyromazine by Novartis

Cyromazine Pesticide breaks down into Melamine - allowed by EPA
Hi,
Novartis makes an insecticide called "cyromazine" and the metabolite of cyromazine is melamine -when the insecticide comes in contact with urea in an animal's (or humans) body it chemically transforms into melamine. You all should know this insecticide is used on cattle feed lots, dairy operations, poultry operations, etc. for controlling flys. It is put directly into the animal feed. It is used in the United States.
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2009, 10:44:40 pm »
A link as to why melamine is showing up everywhere in our food.... and why the epa/fda is letting it happen...

cyromazine by Novartis

Cyromazine Pesticide breaks down into Melamine - allowed by EPA
Hi,
Novartis makes an insecticide called "cyromazine" and the metabolite of cyromazine is melamine -when the insecticide comes in contact with urea in an animal's (or humans) body it chemically transforms into melamine. You all should know this insecticide is used on cattle feed lots, dairy operations, poultry operations, etc. for controlling flys. It is put directly into the animal feed. It is used in the United States.
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WOW.  That's all I can say.  WOW  :o

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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2009, 01:14:03 pm »
I'm tandem nursing my boy and girl, and they're doing very well!

He's 2 years old and is sharp as a tack, very intelligent and perceptive. He gets cod liver oil supplement daily and eats his oily fish, too. She's 4 months old and very bright and active, weighs in at a chubby 16 pounds!

I don't demonize those who feed formula because a lot of them just don't know what's truly going on in the formula industry, but I push breastfeeding all the way. Call me a fanatic, or a hippie or whatever, but all I know is what I see before my eyes - I have two very intelligent, super healthy kiddo's!

Breast is the best, if you can.  ;)
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Re: 90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2009, 04:36:54 pm »
I'm tandem nursing my boy and girl, and they're doing very well!

He's 2 years old and is sharp as a tack, very intelligent and perceptive. He gets cod liver oil supplement daily and eats his oily fish, too. She's 4 months old and very bright and active, weighs in at a chubby 16 pounds!

If I was you, I'd focus, not on supplements, but true, full nutrition. Great places to look are:
raw-milk-facts.com (raw milk has EVERYTHING a person needs), also, learn about fermented foods, I have a good book, but there are many more like it "Wild Fermentation" by Sandor Ellix Katz. A great resource (the rest of the site is questionable, but this bit is good) is this one here: http://mayanmajix.com/art_ht.html