The Chinese company who produces Sanlu formula has admitted that their product was tainted with melamine, a chemical that is almost specifically used in creating plastic and plastic products. The largest groups of victims are said to be isolated to China itself but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is worried that some of the product may have made its way into Asian-American grocery store chains even though the formula is banned in the United States.
The formula is being blamed for at least one death of one baby and causing kidney stones in many other cases. There have been thousands of reported cases of babies becoming ill after consuming Sanlu formula. This is the second case in four years that has made national headlines involving tainted baby formula in China. The Health Ministry announced that a Chinese dairy that sold the powdered milk linked in the case knew weeks ahead of time that the product was contaminated. As early as August, testing done by Sanlu showed traces of melamine in their formula. When reports started coming in of infants becoming ill in mid-July, the authorities failed to start any investigations.
This incident is just one in a long line of reported problems that the Chinese government has faced concerning contaminated and counterfeit products. Many of these products hurt and even kill Chinese residents but the problems do not cycle within the country itself. Many other countries including the United States have become victims to the shoddy and unregulated products that are being exported out of the country.
Even though this product is banned in the United States, those residing in the U.S. and other countries should take precautions concerning any product made in China. Any product that is consumed, can be absorbed through the skin or can be placed in the mouth should be avoided if the product is manufactured or produced in countries that do not have high regulatory standards concerning their safety.