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There’s WHAT in baby formula?
U.S. formulas found to contain same ingredient that killed babies in China
-Julie Ryan Evans
Last week the FDA set “safe” levels for TOXIC chemicals in baby formula – the same chemicals, melamine and cyanuric acid, that caused the DEATHS of four babies and the hospitalization of 47,000 in China. These are also the same chemicals that caused thousands of pets in the United States to become ill last year.
But still, after finding traces of the chemicals in U.S. formulas (Good Start Supreme Infant Formula With Iron made by Nestle and Enfamil Lipil With Iron infant formula powder made by Mead Johnson were two named ones) , the FDA determined that the levels were in fact safe. What I want to know is why does ANY need to be in there at ALL?
Apparently they use the chemicals to sanitize the equipment on which the formula is made, but surely there’s something else they could use?
According to a CNN article “an FDA official said it was still not possible to determine a safe level for infant formula containing both melamine and cyanuric acid compounds, but officials ‘believe that at very low levels there should not be any health concerns.’“
SHOULD not? I’d like them to be a little more sure than that before I give formula – with any level of these toxic chemicals – to my child.
And then there’s the whole flip-flop from the FDA on the issue. According to the Washington Post: “Just one month ago, the FDA had been very clear about how they could not set a safe level of melamine in formula for babies,” said Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization. “Now they’re saying trace levels are no problem. What changed?”
I guess this is all just another reinforcement for the whole “breast is best” campaign.