MOREP Calls For Melamine Testing of Sweets and Milk Imported From Far East

MOREP Medical Chapter

Japan recalls sweets in melamine scandal imported from China CNN reported earlier this week.

Nearly 53,000 children in China have been sickened by the formula or other products containing melamine. Four babies have died, and five Hong Kong children have suffered melamine-related illnesses. Dozens of countries have banned or recalled Chinese milk products.

Hong Kong officials said Friday that a type of Heinz cereal and wasabi crackers were recalled after they were found to contain excessive melamine. Test results for another 40 samples of baby food are pending, said Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety. Melamine is commonly used in coatings and laminates, wood adhesives, fabric coatings, ceiling tiles and flame retardants. It is the same industrial contaminant that was found last year in pet food produced in China that poisoned and killed thousands of U.S. dogs and cats.

According to China Daily newspaper the raw milk used to produce powdered baby formula had been watered down, and the chemical melamine was added so it would pass quality checks.

MOREP Health experts in the Medical Chapter declared that ingesting melamine can lead to kidney stones, urinary tract ulcers, and eye and skin irritation. It also robs infants of much-needed nutrition.

MOREP calls for control of many sweet and candy products that reach the Lebanese market without any investigation or testing of the presence of harmful component Melamine.

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