December 7, 2008
Re Melamine ("Standard is set for infant formula," Nov. 29): Tell me if I'm wrong, but doesn't melamine have to be specifically added to infant formula? It's neither in the original ingredients nor in the environment of the production process. By this interesting logical stretch by the Food and Drug Administration, one little bit of cat waste in dessert is OK. Mike Kvammen South Pasadena
November 29, 2008 |
Federal regulators set a safety threshold Friday for the industrial chemical melamine that is greater than the amount of contamination found so far in U.S.-made infant formula. Food and Drug Administration officials set a threshold of 1 part per million of melamine in formula, provided a related chemical isn't present. They insisted the formulas were safe. The setting of the standard comes days after FDA tests found traces of melamine in the infant formula of one major U.S.
November 26, 2008 |
The industrial chemical melamine was found in a sample of infant formula made in the U.S. in a "trace" amount that poses no health concern, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The finding isn't surprising because the chemical is allowed in can liners and manufacturing, said Judy Leon, an FDA spokeswoman. Of 77 samples tested, only one was found to have melamine, said Leon, who declined to identify the brand. "There's no reason for concern, because these are trace levels," Leon said.
September 29, 2008 |
Babies in China are obviously at risk from tainted infant formula. More than 54,000 children in that nation have been sickened and at least four have died in recent weeks after drinking contaminated milk products. But despite recent contamination of other Chinese products consumed by Americans, the threat from such products to children and infants in the U.S. appears minimal.
September 24, 2008 |
How quickly things can change. Exactly one month ago, China was staging the closing ceremony of the Olympics, basking in a haul of gold medals and wide praise for nearly perfect management of the Summer Games. Today it is struggling with another crisis in a year that, aside from two weeks in August, has been filled with scandal, natural disasters and ethnic troubles.
September 13, 2008 |
Like most parents, Dong Zhenqing and his wife wanted only the best for their infant son. So they fed him Bei Bei infant formula from Sanlu, a famous Chinese brand with impressive health claims and top celebrity endorsements. When he was 4 months old, however, Tianyu developed a high fever, swollen stomach and urinary problems. He was diagnosed with kidney stones and borderline renal failure. The couple initially suspected his drinking water, and then, on meeting other parents in similar straits, zeroed in on his infant formula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2008 |
Federal officials on Thursday warned consumers to avoid buying any infant formula imported from China, citing reports of dozens of babies in that country who fell ill with kidney stones after drinking a brand called Sanlu, resulting in at least one death. The warning was aimed at Chinese American communities across the United States, including Southern California, home to one of the largest ethnic Chinese populations in the nation. Importing Chinese-manufactured baby formula into the U.S. is illegal, but federal officials say they know of at least one case in which a Chinese brand was found in a New York store in 2004.
December 10, 2007
In a Dec. 3 article, you go over several studies and list statistics about breast-feeding. In all cases it is superior to artificial infant milk (formula). Since that is the case, how come the article is titled "Breast or bottle? No final answer yet"? What will it take for the media to agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, among others, that breast-feeding is a far superior way to feed babies?
June 26, 2005 |
The U.N.'s World Health Organization approved a resolution last month that, if adopted, would require the manufacturers of powdered baby formula to issue warnings that their products might contain "pathogenic microorganisms" such as salmonella bacteria. That sounds scary -- and it's meant to be. It is as though, after the 1993 epidemic of food poisoning at a Jack in the Box in Washington state, Congress required every hamburger sold in the U.S. to include a warning of possible E.
May 12, 2003 |
In a world of organic dog food and pesticide-free botanical bathing potions, infants whose mothers could not or chose not to breast-feed seemed out of luck. Although organic toddler formula has been available for some time, the organic food market has had no answer for parents wishing to nourish an infant without exposing the child to the antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones used in cows and their feed. No more.