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HealthDay News reports that Hong Kong researchers are saying that “low doses of melamine did not cause severe kidney problems in children exposed to the industrial chemical during the recent tainted milk scandal in China.” The report does not absolve the Chinese dairy industry of culpability in the recent scandal, which resulted in more than 54,000 Chinese children being sickened and three killed by the presence of melamine in baby formula. However, researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong said that the amounts that sickened and killed the children were much higher than those found in other areas, including Hong Kong and the United States.
KC's View:
I am not convinced, and I’m not sure how many people will be.

According to the story, the researchers “examined slightly more than 3,000 children aged 12 or younger. All of them had consumed melamine-tainted products for a month or more. Every child was given a urine test, and an ultrasound was performed on their kidneys. Only one child had a kidney stone, and seven had possible melamine-related deposits in their kidneys. An additional 208 tested positive for blood in their urine, a possible sign of kidney troubles.”

They may think that these sound like acceptable odds. But not in my book.