After first saying that they could not determine a threshold for the safe amount of certain toxic chemicals in infant formula, Food and Drug Administration officials said Friday that trace amounts are safe.
“Amounts of the industrial chemical melamine or the melamine-like compound called cyanuric acid that are below 1.0 ppm [1,000 parts per billion] do not raise public health concerns,” said Stephen Sundlof, the FDA’s director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Considering that there is absolutely no nutrtional purpose for melamine to be in food products, I don’t find it reassuring that the FDA seems unconcerned about trace amounts. This is yet another example of how I feel the need to look out for my own health rather than trust the government to do it for me. But really how much power does an individual have to make informed decisions? Food packaging doesn’t tell you what you need to know, and I have no way of knowing what kind of feed is being fed to any of the animals that make the animal products I eat.
I think the CNN headline says it all.