Monday, September 29, 2008

This is why it's important...

....that mother's milk be used for its intended purpose. Evidently in China, companies making baby formula have mixed melamine with their product. Evidently there is a long tradition in China of adulterating baby formula to increase profits. Earlier generations used rice powder, now they're using melamine.

Yeah, the first question that comes to mind for me is "what kind of sicko poisons infants' food for profit?" That noted, I've never had to wonder about the purity of what my children got from my wife when they were young, and if someone put rice powder, plaster, or melamine in a can of Enfamil instead of powdered milk, I'd never know the difference until someone got sick.

Come to think of it, that's a decent argument for eating unprocessed foods in general, isn't it?


Jim Peet said...

Isn't melamine a type of plastic?

Sicko is right!

Bike Bubba said...

Yup, and when it's metabolized, it zaps your kidneys. Sicko....doesn't begin to cover what it is.

Douglas Hester said...

A friend of mine used to teach English in China, and he reports that the typical Chinese businessman will smile and pat you on the back even while selling you stuff that he knows is contaminated with poison. Nothing gets in the way of making money over there.

(He's also married to a Chinese woman, so it's not a racism thing. He just saw firsthand the cutthroat tactics over there.)