Tuesday Dec 9, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- In a statement
issued on Dec 5, 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an
international panel of experts has established a tolerable daily intake or TDI for
melamine, an industrial chemical found recently in contaminated milk products.
The tolerable daily intake for melamine has been set at
0.2 mg/kg body weight and the TDI for cyanuric acid at 1.5 mg/kg body
Melamine and cyanuric acid may
show up together in a product, but the panel has not set a TDI for the combination.
The TDI is not a safe level of melamine.
Melamine is a contaminant that is not
supposed to show up in any food. But the tolerable daily intake is so set that
when the chemical inevitably gets into a food, the limit may trigger some
Many countries have set the limits for melamine in infant
formula at 1 part per million or ppm and in other foods 2.5 ppm.
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