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The World Health Organization has, according to an Associated Press report, “set the first global limits for melamine contamination in food and infant formula ... The threshold for infant milk formula was set at 1 milligram per kilogram, equivalent to the U.S. limit of 1 part per million.”

The limits were set because of recent melamine contamination found in infant formula made in China, which sickened more than a quarter-million children and killed at least six infants. “The limits still allow for the occurrence of very low levels of melamine in food that stem from the use of the insecticide cyromazine and from contact with plastic dishes and some table top services,” the story says.
KC's View:
I hate to be a purist about this, but at some level I find this story to be really disturbing. Just the idea that infants are ingesting melamine and cyromazine “from contact with plastic dishes” just seems so wrong. Maybe there’s nothing we can do about it, but that is hard to believe.