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What is melamine contamination?
Melamine and melamine-related compounds were found in products labeled as wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China. Melamine and its related compounds are not approved for use as an ingredient in animal or human food. FDA believes it was these contaminants that made cats and dogs sick.
What does melamine do to the body?
The most widespread health effect of melamine exposure in humans is kidney stones. Other types of kidney damage have also been reported. Kidney stones associated with melamine exposure have a different composition than other kidney stones as they have this chemical in them.
What is melamine adulteration?
Melamine adulteration is a fraudulent practice to increase the protein content of food in some areas of the world. In 2008, many babies in China suffered from serious illness and death because of melamine-tainted powdered infant formula.
Is melamine banned in USA?
Last year, melamine-tainted pet food ingredients from China were blamed for the deaths of dogs and cats in the United States. The FDA said the ban widens earlier health alerts about Chinese products.
Is melamine a carcinogen?
Melamine has been classified as a group 3 carcinogenic risk by World Health Organization,28 meaning that melamine is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity in humans, referring to the fact that the evidence of carcinogenicity is inadequate in humans and inadequate or limited in experimental animals.
Why do the Chinese buy baby formula?
The baby formula produced in China is cheaper but it is of an inferior quality, so trust is once again an issue. With no major incidents or health scares affecting Australian companies or manufacturers, they are in the forefront to take advantage of this market and increase their sales within China.
Is melamine safe in milk?
Unfortunately milk adulteration is a serious issue through the world. Melamine, a nitrogen-rich compound, is added into the milk to increase the protein count falsely in milk and dairy products. Melamine is described as being harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Who is at risk from melamine tainted milk?
Infants are particularly at risk of developing adverse health effects as a result of consuming melamine tainted milk because milk is their major food, and the amount of melamine intake per body weight is much higher than that of adults who consume a variety of foods.
Is the melamine in pet food dangerous to humans?
Melamine alone may not be the cause of illness and death because melamine is a relatively non-toxic substance. FDA is examining melamine-related compounds, such as cyanuric acid, also found in pet food.
What happens when melamine is added to food?
When added to food products it indicates a higher apparent protein content but can cause kidney stones and kidney failure. In 2008, melamine was found in the products of 22 Chinese dairy companies – one out of every five suppliers in China.
What kind of microbiota can cause melamine toxicity?
Toxicity of melamine can be mediated by intestinal microbiota. In culture, Klebsiella terrigena, which rarely colonizes mammalian intestines, was shown to convert melamine to cyanuric acid directly. Rats colonized by K. terrigena showed greater melamine-induced kidney damage compared to those not colonized.