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Melamine In China Soybeans
Fed To Organic Poultry!

By Patricia Doyle, PhD
12 -1-8
Hello Jeff - As you can see, the US has revised Melamine 'tolerable' daily intake. This is yet another travesty being perpetrated on the American public by the FDA criminals.
Are we SO indebted to China that our government would allow its people to be poisoned by Chinese food and food products? The answer is YES.
It is not just in one food item, now we see it used as fertilizer thus poisoning our crops...both organic and factory-farmed.  Organic soybeans from China are contaminated with it.  It is used in powdered milk thus poisoning baby formula.  It is likely in other milk-based and milk-product containing products like Ensure and other medical food supplements.  Just about any food on the food pyramid probably has some melamine in it now...thanks to China.  The  slow poisoning of an enemy would make ancient Chinese military tacticians proud.
So, people who eat more than one food item are going to be getting more than trace levels of Melamine. All products now in dairy, vegetables, bakery goods and itemsusing GLUTEN and WHEAT GLUTEN contain more Melamine. Is there any food that won't have some Melamine in it?
No wonder 'rare' kidney cancers are exploding.
Melamine In Chinese Soybeans Fed To Organic French Poultry
Source: AFP
Chinese soybeans contaminated with melamine withdrawn from the French market
Nearly 300 tonnes of soya meal imported from China and destined for organic poultry in Western France have been withdrawn from the market after the discovery of a melamine rate fifty times higher than the permitted standard, it was learned Friday [28 Nov 2008] from of the importing cooperative.
Christophe Courousse, communications director of the cooperative Terrena in Ancenis (Loire-Atlantique), told AFP on Friday: "One of the 3 imported batches, of 293 tonnes, had a rate of melamine of 116 mg/kg while the standard [permitted maximum level?] is of 2.5 mg. All food products made from these materials have been removed from the market in early November".
Soybean meal had been delivered, before the chemical analysis, mainly to 127 organic farmers in Pays de Loire through the Bio animal nutrition (BNA), a subsidiary of Terrena a Mervent (Vendee), which specializes in the manufacture of organic food.
"The analysis of pork and laying hens show that there is no danger to public health. Unlike dioxin, melamine does not accumulate in the body. There is no transmission in the food chain ", AFP was told by Fréderic Andre of the Veterinary Services Directorate in Vendee.
Soya cake with melamine has been used to manufacture feed for farmers in 11 departments: Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Deux-Sevres, Vendee, Calvados, Eure, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre -et-Loire, Sarthe and Orne.
The company BNA announced its intention to sue for fraud, adding melamine to "artificially inflate the protein levels and increase the selling price of the product", said Courousse.
"The organic sector needs 18 000 tons of soybeans while France produces only 4000 tonnes," says Courousse. Imports from China were due to poor harvest in Brazil, the traditional supplier.
Controls on stored stocks have been carried out following a warning from the European Union in late October, recommending vigilance on imports from China.
Meanwhile, the Ecocert agency, in charge of the organic certification of imported soybeans, said that the Chinese exporter had committed a "fraud" which its control procedures was unable to detect. [ECOCERT is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world; see <<http://www.ecocert.fr/Contact.html>http://www.ecocert.fr/Contact.html>. - Mod. AS].
"Our certification covers a production method", AFP was told Jerome Viel, head of certification at Ecocert. The body, which has an office in Beijing, controls "practices" and checks the "traceability", but can not "guarantee" against "frauds" such as the ones [suspected to have been] committed by the Chinese exporter, he said.
There are many ECOCERT controls on the products themselves, but they "address mainly pesticides," he explained.
Since that case, "we decided to increase the Ecocert surveillance upon imports of organic soya cake, whatever their origin," he said.
According to Terrena, the Chinese supplier in question is Hongliang, based in Dalian (Northern China). Its export authorization in France has been suspended by the Ministry of Agriculture, said Ecocert.
For their part, European manufacturers of natural soybean products have to specify in a statement that the products, intended for human consumption such as soy milk, soy desserts, Soy steaks etc., placed on the market, are not involved in the melamine contamination problem.
Communicated by ProMED-mail reporter Susan Baekeland
US Revised 'Safe' Daily Intake Of Melamine
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 Source: AP via Yahoo News [edited] http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081129/ap_on_he_me/infant_formula
FDA sets melamine standard for baby formula
Less than 2 months after federal food regulators said they were unable to set a safety threshold for the industrial chemical melamine in baby formula, they announced a standard that allows for higher levels than those found in U.S.-made batches of the product.
Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday [28 Nov 2008] set a threshold of 1 part per million [=1.0 mg per kg] of melamine in formula, provided a related chemical isn't present. They insisted the formulas are safe. [An FDA interim safety/risk assessment on melamine and structural analogues, published last month, established for melamine a tolerable daily intake TDI of 0.63 mg per kg of body weight per day. - Mod. AS].
The setting of the standard comes days after The Associated Press reported that FDA tests found traces of melamine in the infant formula of one major U.S. manufacturer and cyanuric acid, a chemical relative, in the formula of a second major maker. The contaminated samples, which both measured at levels below the new standard, were analyzed several weeks ago.
The FDA had stated in early October that it was unable to set a safety contamination level for melamine in infant formula.
Dr. Stephen Sundlof, FDA's director of food safety, said Friday the agency was confident in setting the 1 part per million level for either of the chemicals alone. although there has been no new scientific studies since October that would give regulators more safety data. He had no ready explanation for why the level wasn't set earlier.
The standard is the same as the one public health officials have set in Canada and China where in September the problem of melamine in infant formula first surfaced. But it is 20 times higher than the most stringent level in Taiwan.
Sundlof said the lack of dual contamination was key because studies so far show dangerous health effects only when both chemicals are present. He emphasized that neither of the two tainted samples had both contaminants.
The agency still will not set a safety level for melamine if cyanuric acid is also present, he said.
Both the new safety level and the amount of the chemical found in U.S.-made infant formula are far below the amounts of melamine added to infant formula in China that have been blamed for killing at least three babies and making thousands ill.
"The levels were so low ... that they do not cause a health risk to infants," Sundlof said. "Parents using infant formula should continue using U.S.-manufactured infant formula. Switching away from one of these infant formulas to alternate diets or homemade formulas could result in infants not receiving the complete nutrition required for proper growth and development."
Reacting to news of the contaminated formulas, members of Congress, a national consumer group and the Illinois attorney general have demanded a national recall, something the FDA said made no sense because it had no evidence suggesting that the formula would be dangerous for babies at the levels of contamination found.
After saying it made an error in its data, the FDA on Wednesday [26 Nov 2008] produced these results: Nestle's Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with Iron had 2 positive tests for melamine on one sample; Mead Johnson's Infant Formula Powder, Enfamil LIPIL with Iron had 3 positive tests on one sample for cyanuric acid.
Separately, a 3rd major formula maker, Abbott Laboratories, told the AP that in-house tests had detected trace levels of melamine in its infant formula.
Those three formula makers manufacture more than 90 percent of all infant formula produced in the United States.
The FDA said it had analyzed 74 samples and was continuing to examine 13 more.
The agency had left the impression of a zero tolerance on Oct. 3 when it stated: "FDA is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns."
The FDA and other experts said they believe the melamine contamination in U.S.-made formula had occurred during the manufacturing process, rather than intentionally. The U.S. government quietly began testing domestically produced infant formula in September, soon after problems with melamine-spiked formula surfaced in China.
Melamine can legally be used in some food packaging, and can rub off into food from there. It's also part of a cleaning solution used on some food processing equipment.
There is a gap between the concentration that the FDA detected in formula and the agency's estimate of how much melamine could contaminate food from the manufacturing process. The expected contamination from processing - 15 parts per billion - is about one-tenth the amount that the agency has detected in infant formula. FDA officials have not responded to questions from the AP this week about how that gap might be explained.
The agency said it is continuing research on animals to see the effects of ingesting both melamine and cyanuric acid.
-- Communicated by: ProMED-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall
[An emergency expert meeting on toxicological aspects of melamine and cyanuric acid is to be held 1-4 Dec 2008. The meeting is being convened by the WHO in collaboration with FAO. The Chinese authorities have been requested by the WHO to provide information for the meeting. For background, see http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/melamine_expertcall.pdf Mod.AS]
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 
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