Friday, October 3, 2008

Milk, Melamine & Motherhood

The latest toxic product to emerge from China is melamine-tainted milk. I'm sure most of you have heard or read about it. Melamine is nitrogen-rich and can trick tests administered to determine the amount of protein in a product. Companies trying to cut corners by diluting their milk products have been adding this extremely toxic substance to artificially boost the nutritional value of their products. This practice took a particularly sinister turn when Chinese babies started dying of kidney failure after ingesting melamine-laced baby formula. Tens of thousands of infants and children have been sickened. Talk about terrifying.

Since then, dozens of products in many countries have been recalled, because they contain melamine-tainted dried milk from China, included products in the U.S. and Europe. Some are brand name products you know and possibly use, like Cadbury.

Through all of this, one question has been repeating in my mind: How are mothers in China coping with this? My dear friend Jodi--Mama, writer and Beijing resident--has blogged about it. Her son just turned one in the midst of this scare. Read about her experience at her blog, Blonde in Beijing.

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