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China: Melamine is Inevitable?

In Oct 7, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the General Administration of Quality Supervision and Quarantine jointly issued a notice which state the upper limit of melamine in milk product. For infant formula, the maximum level is 1mg/kg. As for other formula that contain more than 15% milk, the maximum level is 2.5mg/kg. Any product exceed this level will be banned. In Oct 8, the Ministry of Health held a special press conference explaining that it will be rather impossible for food products to have zero percent melamine because of contamination during packaging process.

High spirit baby invited readers to comment on the policy in bbs.clzy.cn

User high-spirit noticed the contradiction in the government's statements:

当初检验的时候,那么多的企业都说没有检出三氯氰氨,现在又说三氯氰氨不能完全避免,那倒奇怪了,既然不能完全避免,那么多企业当时怎么就没有检查出来含三氯氰氨呢?

  这不是自相矛盾吗?

  退一步讲,就算三氯氰氨能通过环境、包装等途径进入到食品里面,那我就要问了,奶农往奶里面掺三氯氰氨违法,通过别的途径往奶里面加三氯氰氨就不违法了?哪里的环境有问题就查哪里,谁的包装有问题就找谁的事,这才是解决问题的正道。

During the quality check earlier on, the government said that there were many corporate products haven't been contaminated by melamine, how come it now states that melamine is inevitable? If it is really inevitable, how come so many corporates achieve zero melamine before?

Isn't it contradictory?

Let's take a step backward. If melamine can enter the food product through the industrial environment and packaging process, how come it is illegal for milk farmers to add melamine while other forms of contamination become legal? If there is something wrong with the production environment, deal with it, if there is something wrong with the packaging, deal with it. This is the right way to solve the problem.

User applexiaohong said:

化工原料都能正大光明的进入食品,还有什么可以放心食用的东西呢,难道物质的丰富与发展就得以牺牲人身体为代价吗?我觉做食品还是得做良心!不能利益熏心!!

If industrial chemicals can enter the food product with legitimation, how can we have the confidence to buy food product? Do we have to sacrifice our body and health for a rich material life and development? We need a high morality in food industry, not a greedy heart.

User Kunming CEO said:

这条新闻太好笑啦。我想问问这些国家机关:莫非这也是国际惯例么?还是中国特色?!

This news is too hilarious, I want to ask the ministries, is this really international practice? or it is Chinese way of handling thing?

Ran Yunfei interprets the joint statement as a legalization of Chronic murder.

In the comment section of Ran's article, Da Ren You Da Leng suggests that:

为了大家更好地响应五部委的号召,强烈建议五部委要员,每天,在中央台< 新闻联播>中,当众喝一盒限量版三聚氰胺液态奶,喝时必须把批次用特写打出来。

身先士卒,大概就是这么回事情吧!

In order to make this call more effective, I strongly suggest that chief officials of the ministries should drink the melamine milk in front of the daily CCTV news and announce the product package number to the public everyday.

They should stand in the front!

However Quick Sword pointed out that 2.5mg/kg is an international standard:

据说是根据美国FDA的分析结果,微量三聚氰胺(小于2.5PPM)对人体无害。http://xys2.dxiong.com/xys/ebooks/others/science/dajia9/sanlu205.txt

According to FDA report from the U.S, a small amount of melamine (less than 2.5PPM) is not harmful to human. http://xys2.dxiong.com/xys/ebooks/others/science/dajia9/sanlu205.txt

Newbie wishes good luck to “made in China” milk product:

祝国产奶粉好运

Hu Mang's comment has been widely circulated in internet media. The writer points out that the Chinese government should work towards zero melamine for solving the problem:

关于三聚氰胺的问题,不应该是一场讨价还价的谈判,而应该是一场从“零”开始的审判。也许只有这样,我们才能真正还国内消费者一个交代,才能真正许国内乳品业一个未来。

The issue of melamine should become a negotiation, we should start from “zero”. Only with this attitude, the government should genuinely be responsible to the consumer and give the milk industry a future.

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