Sunday, October 05, 2008

The figures game

FDA: Tiny bit of melamine OK in most foods
I really wonder what is the basis to test for legal limits of melamine in foods...

In Singapore, we have the limit set at 5ppm whereas in other parts of the world like Taiwan and Hongkong, the limits are set at 2.5ppm! Even countries like the US do not tolerate melamine in foods as it is considered adulteration, as such the limits are 0ppm.

It must be noted that some of the foods that are found to contain melamine in Hongkong and Taiwan would have levels that fall below 5ppm which is the level here in Singapore. And as a result, such foods would be considered safe for the shelves here, but in other countries, would have qualified for a product recall!

So then, why do we have 5ppm in Singapore?

Are we uniquely Singapore?

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