Industrial chemicals such as melamine may actually be able to cross from the feed to the food chain. Truly, that is too scary to even imagine. And, it exemplifies why organic standards must not be altered or loosened, as such standards really provide the safety we all need.
An incredible diary from “Deep Harm” at Daily Kos revealed the following:
A blockbuster revelation in the melamine scandal arrived today in the form of a little-noticed statement by the world’s largest food company, Nestle, which announced that melamine discovered in its baby formula in South Africa was caused by “contaminated animal feed” fed to dairy animals. In a May 7, 2007 diary, I had warned about such a problem and urged FDA officials to test U.S. milk supplies after melamine was discovered here in corn gluten that is sometimes fed to dairy cows.
Today’s news follows an Associated Press report, on Wednesday, that the FDA had found traces of melamine or cyanuric acid had been found in U.S.-produced infant formula, prompting demands for a recall.
Melamine causes kidney stones and kidney failure. The Chinese babies who recently died all died of kidney and organ failure. So it comes as no surprise that doctors are now seeing a rise in kidney stones in US children as young as 5.
Can we really believe huge companies like Nestle as well as the FDA when they tell us that we all are safe? I certainly don’t. We need to be testing US dairy products for potential melamine contamination. And, we need to question the strength of the previous interim risk assessments issued by US food safety officials. Public comments on the most recent assessment will be accepted through January 12, 2009.
Melamine contamination of human food is real. Its in (non-U.S.) coffee, Snickers, KitKat, M&Ms and Heinz products such as baby cereals and crackers. There is also contamination in eggs, which got there via tainted animal feed. This has caused United Nations officials to worry that it is also in chicken, pork, farmed fish and other meats.