Volume 87 Issue 21 | pp. 36-38
Issue Date: May 25, 2009

Silver Lining In Melamine Crisis

Deadly adulteration of Chinese milk drives development of analytical methods to detect contaminant in food products
Department: Science & Technology

LAST YEAR'S SCANDAL involving the deliberate contamination of Chinese milk products with melamine continues to have heartbreaking consequences. Yet this unfolding tragedy has also had a positive impact, prompting international food safety reforms and advances in analytical techniques.

Melamine is used to make plastics, laminates, fertilizers, and other products but is not approved as an ingredient in food. Milk dealers in China added the nitrogen-rich compound to boost the apparent protein content of diluted or . . .

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