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     FDA Discounts Danger From Melamine in U.S.-Made Infant Formula
                                    
                                    
                                                                        
 Audio: Stephen Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D., Director of the FDA’s Center for
                                         Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
   ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 1 -- Levels of melamine found in a sample of
   U.S.-made infant formula do not pose a safety risk, the FDA said. 
                                    
  The agency detected trace amounts of the toxic chemical in a single
  sample of Nestle Nutrition's Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with
                                 Iron. 
                                    
 Melamine was found in concentrations of 137 and 140 parts per billion.
  In an updated risk assessment, the FDA said that concentrations less
 than 1,000 parts per billion do not raise safety concerns. Earlier the
FDA had said no level of melamine was safe. (See: FDA Says No Safe Level
                     of Melamine in Baby Formula) 
                                    
   Agency testing also found cyanuric acid -- a chemical relative of
melamine -- at concentrations of 247, 245, and 249 parts per billion in
a single sample of Mead Johnson's Enfamil Lipil with Iron. Levels below
   1,000 parts per billion are considered tolerable, according to the
                       updated risk assessment. 
                                    
  The FDA is still awaiting results from 13 of the 87 samples tested. 
                                    
Agency officials stressed that U.S.-made infant formula is safe and that
     there have been no reported illnesses stemming from its use. 
                                    
"Switching away from one of these infant formulas to alternate diets or
  homemade formulas could result in infants not receiving the complete
  nutrition required for proper growth and development," said Stephen
 Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety &
                          Applied Nutrition. 
                                    
The updated risk assessment does not address the safety of a combination
 of melamine and one of its chemical relatives. Such a combination has
      not been found in any U.S.-made formula, Dr. Sundlof said. 
                                    
  The agency believes the chemical was not deliberately placed in the
                               formula. 
                                    
 Trichloromelamine is approved for use as a cleaner for food processing
equipment and utensils and breaks down into melamine when used. Melamine
  is also approved for use in objects such as can liners and packaging
                              materials. 
                                    
  On Oct. 3, the FDA issued a risk assessment saying that it could not
    determine a safe level of melamine in infant formula. The agency
 released an updated risk assessment last week after completing further
                               testing. 
                                    
    The information released by the FDA corrected a report from the
Associated Press last week that said that melamine was found in the Mead
  Johnson product and cyanuric acid was found in the Nestle Nutrition
       product. (See: Melamine Found in U.S.-Made Baby Formula) 
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
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