The China Melamine Milk Scare

I got this in an email today so I thought I’d share it with everyone. I know it’s affected me and has made me kinda paranoid about what to eat/buy (I’ve basically just been avoiding buying China food products in general now, not that I do, just a snack here and there – like my beloved KOALA bears :[ pout* I had to throw all mine out)

I did NOT write what’s below the line, I just wanted to pass the info along to people who hasn’t been reading up much on it (or haven’t heard about it at all?!?!.. if there is anyone)

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China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report.

Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and what not to eat.

1.What really is poisoned milk?

It is milk powder mixed with ‘MELAMINE’

What is Melamine used for? 

It is an industrial chemical used in the production of melawares.
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It is also used in home decor – i.e.kitchens.

We all MUST understand that Melamine is used in INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION 

  – – – – – it CANNOT be eaten.

2.Why is Melamine added to milk powder?

The most important nutrient in milk is protein.

And, Melamine has this same protein that contains ‘NITROGEN’

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Adding Melamine into milk reduces the actual milk content required,  

and therefore it is cheaper than all milk.   So it lowers the capital required 

in the production of milk products.  Therefore it earns the business man more profit!

Below is Melamine; doesn’t it look like milk / milk powder?
It doesn’t have any smell, so cannot be detected.
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3.When was it discovered that it had been added to milk products? 

In 2007,  US cats and dogs died suddenly. It was  found that their pet food from China contained Melamine.

Early in 2008, in China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones was reported.

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In August 2008,  China Sanlu Milk Powder tested positive for Melamine 

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Sept. 2008,  the New Zealand government asked China to investigate this problem
Sept. 21, 2008
, they found that many food products in Taiwan tested for Melamine

4.What happens when Melamine ingested and digested?

Melamine remains inside the kidneys. It forms into stones blocking the tubes. 
Pain will be imminent and the person cannot urinate. Kidney(s) will then swell.
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Although surgery can remove the stones, it may cause irreversible kidney damage.   
It can lead to the loss of kidney function, which will require on-going kidney dialysis; or lead to death 
because of uremia.

What is dialysis?  In fact, it should be called ‘blood washing’; it is filtering all of the body’s blood into 
a machine and then returning the blood back to the body.

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A dialysis machine

The whole process takes 4 hours; and it is necessary to have dialysis

once every 3 days for the rest of your life.

Below:  A dialysis center
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Why is the contamination much more serious in babies?   

A baby’s kidneys are so very small and they drink a lot of milk powder. 

China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized

It does not matter how much Melamine a human being ingested (ate) (took). 

The important point is:    ‘MELAMINE CANNOT BE  EATEN!’

5.What foods are to be avoided?

Foods from China that contain dairy products should be avoided.
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Remember:
Anything chinese-looking and milky/creamy (as above)

Also
6.Which companies are affected?

Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.

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7.What do we do next?

Avoid the above foods for at least six months.
 
If you own or operate a snack bar, a restaurant, or a coffee shops, etc.,

stop selling dairy products for the meantime.

If you have infants at home, change to mother’s milk or find other substitutes.

Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning. 

The whole world needs to know of  “Made In China” ‘black-hearted’ goods.

 

Do you know how to tell which products are made in

the USA, or in the Philippines, in Taiwan, or in China?

Here’s How: 

The first 3 digits of the barcode identify the country code

wherein the product was made. 

For Example:   ALL barcodes that start with 690, 691, 692,  etc. up to and including 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.
 
Barcodes starting with 471 are on products Made in Taiwan. 



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Taiwanese barcode

You have a right to know.  But government and related departments

never inform or educate the public. Therefore we must educate ourselves,

be vigilant, and RESCUE ourselves.

Today, Chinese businessmen know that consumers will not select products

‘Made in China’.  So, they make every effort not to show or state the country

of origin on their products.   However, you can now refer to the barcode.  

DO remember if the first 3 digits are one of those between 690 and 695 inclusive then it is a product Made in China . 

OTHER BARCODES:
00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA 
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
 
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
 
49 ~ JAPAN
 
50 ~ UK
 
57 ~ Denmark
 
64 ~ Finland
 
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
 
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
 
629 ~ United Arab Emirates 
740 ~ 745 – Central America
 

All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines. 

Please inform your family and friends.   

Be aware!  And help others to be aware!