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UN Food Safety Meeting Talks Food Contamination

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says an annual food
safety meeting has set new limits for melamine contamination in
food and infant formula.

Melamine contamination in milk products has been blamed for
sickening nearly 300,000 babies and the deaths of at least six
infants in China in recent years. Melamine is a chemical used in
making plastics, fertilizers and even concrete.

WHO said Tuesday that 130 countries meeting in Geneva decided to
limit melamine to 2.5 milligrams per kilogram with some exceptions.
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 limit won't be legally binding but countries can refuse to
allow the import of products deemed below minimum quality.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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