As melamine found in made-in-China dairy products cause Singapore parents sleepless nights, the government has sought to reassure them that there is little reason to panic.
That’s because even though three products have been found with the substance so far, the levels are very low.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the human body can safely ingest and purge 0.63 mg/kg of the substance every day.
Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) explained that before melamine poisoning happens, a person would have to consume about 80 ml of affected milk for an entire lifetime.
Thus, said the Ministry of Health, the risk of a child falling ill due to melamine is very slight. No one in Singapore has been physically affected by contaminated milk products to date.
Doctors from KK Hospital agreed that the amount of melamine found in the milk products sold here was too low to cause kidney stones.
The AVA has also announced that it’s also testing products manufactured in countries besides China if they use Chinese made dairy products as ingredients.
Inspectors have also been dispatched to ensure that bakeries and eateries do not use contaminated products.
The sale of all dairy products from the country has been officially stopped temporarily, although a check at a supermarket yesterday found Dutch Lady strawberry milk -a tainted product- still on display.