The Melamine Food Poisoning

The issue about melamine was long dead but keeping our brain fresh is always beneficial.

This is a questions and answers article published by World Health Organization (WHO). – - – >

What is melamine?
Melamine is an organic base chemical most commonly found in the form of white crystals rich in nitrogen

What is melamine generally used for?
Melamine is widely used in plastics, adhesives, countertops, dishware, whiteboards.

melamine plastic dishes

main use of melamine, photo by pajamadeen.com

Why was melamine added into milk and powdered infant formula
In China, where adulteration has occurred, water has been added to raw milk to increase its volume. As a result of this dilution the milk has a lower protein concentration. Companies using the milk for further production (e.g. of powdered infant formula) normally check the protein level through a test measuring nitrogen content. The addition of melamine increases the nitrogen content of the milk and therefore its apparent protein content.

Addition of melamine into food is not approved by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius (food standard commission), or by any national authorities.

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