The addition of melamine increases the nitrogen content of the milk and thus the apparent protein content.
The Indian Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has extended the import ban on milk and dairy products, including chocolates from China, until laboratories testing the presence of toxic chemical melamine are improved. The ban on milk and dairy products was first imposed in September 2008 and later extended from time to time. The largest milk producer and consumer in the world is India. It produces around 1
- In 2007, melamine was found in wheat gluten and rice protein, which was exported from China and used in the USA for the production of pet food. Large numbers of dogs and cats were found dead due to kidney failure.
- In China, an incident occurred in 2008 that contaminated milk and baby food with melamine. As a result, six babies died and nearly 50,000 babies were hospitalized. The World Health Organization mentioned the incident as one of the biggest food safety events that it had to deal with in the years to come and that the crisis of confidence in the Chinese customer was difficult to overcome.
- It has also been found in various brands of infant formula in powder form, frozen yoghurt dessert and canned coffee. Melamine contaminants are so prevalent in the markets that it has become difficult to control these products.
What is melamine?
- Melamine is a basic organic chemical that often occurs in the form of white crystals with a high protein content. It is widely used in plastics, adhesives, countertops, whiteboards, dishwashers, etc.
- Due to its white color, it can not be recognized in any material. It also does not change the taste of the substance. So it becomes the most commonly used commercial adulterant.
Why is it added?
In China, where adulteration has occurred, water has been added to the milk, reducing the protein concentration. Companies that use regular milk to make various dairy products check the protein content of the milk through a nitrogen content measurement test. The addition of melamine increases the nitrogen content of the milk and thus the apparent protein content.
Health Effects of Melamine
- There are no direct studies on the influence of melamine on humans. Data from annual studies can be used to predict adverse health effects. Melamine alone causes bladder stones in the animal testes. They can also lead to kidney stones. They also show carcinogenic effects in animals under different circumstances, but there are no direct, sufficient indications to be able to make any statements about the carcinogenic risk in humans.
- The addition of melamine to foods is not authorized by the FAO / WHO nor by national authorities. Such adulterants should be reviewed as they have deleterious effects on the life cycle or even the biological cycle.
- So think twice before buying dairy products, especially Chinese products. Unreliable products can cause great damage to your entire life.
Read more Articles on Health News
Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Team July 21, 2019