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Melamine is a white crystalline substance, which is generally combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable synthetic polymer. It consists of carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen and sometimes referred to as cyanuramide.

Melamine is rich in nitrogen. Standard tests such as the Kjeldahl and Dumas tests calculate protein levels by measuring the nitrogen content, so they can be misled by adding melamine. Therefore, Melamine is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to raise the apparent protein content. The results have been harmful. In September 2008, almost 53,000 infants in China became sickened after the compound was found in baby formula and milk products.

In 2007, Investigators discovered the presence of melamine in pet food sold in North America after owners started complaining their pets were falling ill and surprisingly dying. Later, pet food makers revealed that wheat gluten and rice protein imported from China were spiked with melamine. U.S health officials started testing fish samples after knowing that farmed fish had been given melamine-containing feed.

The FDA has been collecting and analyzing samples of domestically manufactured infant formula for the presence of melamine and melamine-related compounds. According to the FDA, tests have found extremely low levels of melamine in one infant formula sample and they do not pose a health risk to infants.

FDA Asks Pharmaceutical Companies to Test for Melamine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked pharmaceutical companies to test ingredients for melamine, a synthetic chemical that can cause kidney failure or death when ingested in high amounts... Read More
Melamine Linked to Kidney Stones
CHICAGO, April 29 (UPI) – According to some U.S. researchers, Children those consume melamine-contaminated milk powder are at high risk of developing kidney stones... Read More
Agriculture Department Finds Melamine in Crackers
The Minnesota Agriculture Department is warning consumers to avoid eating Fortuna brand sugar crackers as lab tests found they contain melamine... Read More
Cocoa products recalled as they tested positive for melamine
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Three G&J cocoa products wrapped up for Christmas sale are being recalled as they possibly contain hazardous industrial chemical melamine... Read More
USDA to test melamine contamination in meat products
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be testing meat and poultry products, including baby food, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets, for melamine... Read More
Melamine-Contaminated Cookies found in New York Shelves
NEW YORK – The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) discovered melamine-contaminated cookies on shelves in the state last week... Read More

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