WHO sets tolerable daily intake for melamine in food

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

12/09/2008-The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.2 mg/kg body weight of melamine. While WHO believes that there is no good reason to have any melamine in food products, the TDI is meant to help national authorities set safe limits in food for withdrawal purposes should melamine be detected as a result of intentional adulteration.

This threshold is lower than the European Unionís limitation of 0.5 mg. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration originally set its limit at 0.63 mg but because infants may be more sensitive than adults to exposures the FDA applied an additional 10-fold safety factor. This results in a TDI/10 of 0.063 mg melamine/kg body weight. The TDI is the outcome of a meeting organized by WHO held Dec. 5 in Ottawa, Canada.

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