The news swirling around Melamine in US Baby Formula has ceraintly caused an uproar. Is there? Isn’t there? Some say yes, some claim no. Either way the FDA has updated their statement on safe levels of melamine content. From their website:
November 28, 2008: FDA’s ongoing investigation continues to show that the domestic supply of infant formula is safe and that consumers can continue using U.S. manufactured infant formulas. FDA has concluded that levels of melamine alone or cyanuric acid alone, at or below 1 part per million (ppm) in infant formula do not raise public health concerns. …
The FDA has been collecting and analyzing samples of domestically manufactured infant formula for the presence of melamine and melamine-related compounds. To date, FDA tests have found extremely low levels of melamine in one infant formula sample and extremely low levels of cyanuric acid in another. The levels were so low (well below 1 ppm) that they do not pose a health risk to infants
The FDA also advises parents to not stop feeding their children formula:
Parents using infant formula should continue using U.S. manufactured infant formula. Switching away from using one of these infant formulas to alternate diets or home-made formulas could result in infants not receiving the complete nutrition required for proper growth and development.
The FDA is publishing the test results (or at least they are working on it) here where it looks like some are turning up negative for melamine content.
Keep up with the FDA and their position on testing for melamine and the results on their website.