Wednesday, September 24, 2008
MELAMINE - ADDED TO FOODSTUFFS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS - CAN BE FATAL...
Melamine - added to foodstuffs can cause serious health problems to children...
Melamine - a chemical proven fatal when added to foodstuffs:
A melamine-resin plateMelamine resin or melamine formaldehyde (also shortened to melamine) is a hard, thermosetting plastic material made from melamine and formaldehyde by polymerization. This plastic is often used in kitchen utensils and plates (such as Melmac) and is the main constituent of high-pressure laminates, such as Formica and Arborite, and of laminate flooring. Melamine-resin tile wall panels can also be used as whiteboards. Melamine resin often is used to saturate decorative papers that are directly laminated onto particle board; the resulting panel is often called melamine and commonly used in ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive kitchen cabinets.
A melamine-resin ladleA special form of melamine resin is melamine foam, used mainly as an insulating and soundproofing material and more recently as a cleaning abrasive.
Melamine resin utensils and bowls are not microwave safe, as they absorb the microwave radiation and heat up. As with all thermosetting materials, melamine resin cannot be melted and, therefore, cannot be recycled.
This is the chemical that has been added to foodstuffs and milk products in China. Some food products and childrens sweets have been found in a number of countries in recent times.
Four children have died and well over 40,000, perhaps over 50,000 children have become extremely ill through ingesting this product. Many children have developed kidney stones over an unknown period.
It appears that milk had been watered down and the melamine chemical was added to bring the milk product back up to an acceptable but false reading.
A health notice has been issued by food safety officials in New Zealand warning parents not to let their children consume Chinese made 'White Rabbit Creamy Candies', because they contain an acceptably high levels of melamine.
Melamine may cause health problems such as kidney stones; and the NZ health authorities have warned parents to seek medical advice if they are aware that their children have consumed these and similar products.