Nov 27, 2008

FDA Deceives Consumers about Melamine Infant Formula

The Freedom of Information Act allowed the Associated Press to disclose an attempted FDA cover-up about Melamine contamination in infant formula. The FDA is now under suspicion yet again failing to act to protect consumers. It is shameful that they are putting babies at risk in favor of protecting corporate interests (again). The FDA has failed repeatedly in it's duties and has betrayed the trust of the people to whom it should serve. This Melamine issue goes beyond mere "err" or "oversight" because of it's will full agenda to silence and hide it's findings. And considering the vast health implications to infants as seen in China's recent Melamine laced formula, hiding such information in exchange for business and profits is despicable. One should question what other lies, cover-ups and untruths have the trusting American populace been hoodwinked into believing in the past? FDA Draws Fire Over Chemicals In Baby Formula -

"The FDA collected 87 samples of infant formula made by American manufacturers, tested all but 10 of them and held a conference call Monday with manufacturers to alert them to the preliminary findings, FDA spokeswoman Judy Leon said. She said she did not know when the agency was planning to inform the public.

Leon said that the amounts discovered are safe and that parents should continue to feed formula to their children. "We know that trace levels do not pose a risk whatsoever," she said. That contradicts the agency's recent statements about melamine, including a position paper that was on its Web site yesterday that asserted there are no safe levels of melamine for infants. "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 document said. Agency scientists have maintained they could not set a safe level of melamine exposure for babies because they do not understand the effects of long-term exposure on a baby's developing kidneys. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that infant formula is a baby's sole source of food for many months. Premature infants absorb an especially large dose of the chemical, compared with full-term babies. "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?"

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