FDA Releases Melamine Safety, Risk Assessment

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WASHINGTON—On Oct. 3, FDA issued results of its interim safety and risk assessment of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food, including infant formula.

FDA said it is currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns. However, it is important to understand that this does not mean that any exposure to any detectable level of melamine and melamine–related compounds in formula will result in harm to infants.

In food products other than infant formula, FDA concludes that levels of melamine and melamine-related compounds below 2.5 parts per million (ppm) do not raise concerns.

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