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13 responses to “13 000 babies hospitalised from melamine in infant formula”

  1. tigtog

    I don’t have anything insightful to say. It’s just all too horrifying. Those poor children.

  2. Zoe

    What can you say? It’s heartbreaking. I can’t begin to imagine the grief and rage of those poor parents.

  3. QoT

    And I’d like to make a special mention of the wankers at Fonterra who sat on the information (“wanted to work within the Chinese system”), the wankers at the New Zealand embassy who sat on the information a bit more, and finally the semi-wankers in the NZ Government who did finally say, “Oh hai China, u haz milk problem” … after knowing about it for a week.

    Of course, I have the sneaking suspicion it would never have gotten this far if it were Kiwi or Aussie babies involved.

  4. Debs

    Oh my god, that’s so awful. Words fail me…

  5. MatildaZQ

    Melamine, a poison that damages the kidneys, is used to boost the appearance of protein in the formula.

    I’ve been following this, and I’d meant to e-mail to ask you if you could explain this to me. How does melamine “boost the appearance of protein” and to whom? Just on gross visual inspection it looks more protein-y? It mimics protein in some more formal inspection?

    Obviously, as you say, the problem is the pushing of formula feeding at the expense of children’s health to turn a profit, but I guess I’m trying to understand the nature of this immediate threat and how it came to be.

  6. Deus Ex Macintosh

    Matilda, my understanding is that products in China, as elsewhere, are subject to independent laboratory testing for safety/quality control purposes (those for export get tested again by import countries). Melamine is high in nitrogen which registers as ‘protein’ in laboratory testing. This enables producers to massively dilute their product to save money then top up the protein count by adding melamine so it looks like full strength. It was melamine added to rice and wheat concentrates that caused the problems in US pet food last year.

  7. MatildaZQ

    Thanks so much, DEM, that helps!

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  8. Bene

    Between this, the architectural faults that were revealed earlier this year, and last year’s pet food issue, I would sure as hell hope the Chinese government takes a cue from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.

    This in particular is so damn horrifying.

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  11. jedimother

    What I find interesting is that millions of babies die every year because they are fed formula instead of or as well as breastmilk but that never hits the press. Millions more get sick; really really sick. I really don’t understand why the world is so worked up about these formula related deaths and yet completely blind to the ones that happen each and every year. It can’t be because we are suprised to find that consumers have been actively decieved by a multination corporation for profit, can it?

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