FDA widens inspections of Asian food imports

Source of Article:  http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml

9/24/2008-As the Chinese infant milk formula scandal continues, the U.S. government is taking precautions to ensure tainted products don’t reach consumers. The Food and Drug Administration has widened its inspections of food shipments arriving from Asia.

In a statement, the FDA said it has “broadened its domestic and import sampling and testing of milk-derived ingredients and finished food products containing milk, such as candies, desserts and beverages, that could contain these ingredients from Chinese sources. Milk-derived ingredients include whole milk powder, non-fat milk powder, whey powder, lactose powder and casein.”

More than 53,000 children have become sick and four have died after drinking infant milk containing melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics. Most of the victims hospitalized are under the age of two.

China’s top food safety official has resigned amid the scandal. At least 18 people have been arrested for their roles in the contamination. Numerous countries are banning Chinese milk products, and companies such as Starbucks are dumping Chinese suppliers.

FDA Melamine Contamination Update

AFP article



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