December 1, 2008
China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report. Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and not to eat.
What really is poisoned milk? It is the milk powder mixed with Melamine. Melamine is an industrial chemical used in the production of melawares. It is also used in home decoration.
Do you understand? Melamine is used in industrial production and it cannot be eaten.
Why is Melamine added in milk powder? The most important nutrient in milk is protein. And Melamine has the same protein that contains nitrogen.
Adding Melamine in milk reduces milk content, and it is cheaper than milk, so it lowers capitalization. It can give the business more profit.
Here is what Melamine looks like. Doesn’t it look like milk? It doesn’t have any smell, so cannot be detected.
When was it discovered? In 2007, when cats and dogs in the US started to suddenly die, it has been found that pet food from China contains Melamine.
Starting 2008, an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones was registered in China.
August 2008. Melamine found in China Sanlu Milk Powder.
September 2008. New Zealand government ask China to check this problem.
September 21, 2008. Melamine found in lots of food products in Taiwan.
What happens when Melamine is digested?
Melamine remains inside the kidney. It forms into stones blocking the tubes. Pain will be eminent and person cannot urinate. Kidney will then swell.
Surgery can remove the stones, but it will cause irreversible kidney damage. It can lead to loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death because of uremia.
What is dialysis? In fact, it should be called “blood washing.” It is filtering all of the body’s blood into the machine and injecting it back into the body. The whole process takes 4 hours and should be repeated every third day for the rest of your life.
Why is it more serious for babies? Because the kidney is very small and they drink a lot of milk powder. China currenty has 13,000 infants hospitalized.
It does not matter how much Melamine you took. The important point is that it should not be taken at all!
What are the foods to avoid? Foods that contain dairy products should be avoided. Foods with creamer or milk should be avoided.
Which companies are affected?
Avoid the above foods for at least six months.
If you run a snack bar, a restaurant or coffee shop, stop selling dairy products for the meantime.
If you have infants at home, change to mother’s milk or find other substitutes.
Share this information with friends and explain them the risk of milk poisoning.
Country of origine in barcodes
The whole world is scared of China-made ‘black hearted goods.’ But can you determine which one is made in the USA, Philippines, Taiwan or China?
Let me tell you how. The first 3 digits of the barcode indicate the country wherein the product was made.
Barcodes that start with 690 to 695 mean “Made in China.” 471 = Made in Taiwan.
This is our human right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to rescue ourselves.
Chinese businessmen know that consumers now avoid products made in China. So on some of them you just won’t find the country of origin.
However, you may still refer to the barcode. Remember, the first 3 digits from 690 to 695 mean “Made in China.”
00-13 = USA & Canada.
30-37 = France.
49 = Japan.
50 = UK.
57 = Denmark.
64 = Finland.
76 = Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
628 = Saudi Arabia.
629 = United Arab Emirates.
740-745 = Central American countries.
All 480 codes = Made in the Philippines.
Please inform your family and friends for them to be aware.
NOTE: For more detailed information regarding barcodes and country of origin, please visit Snopes website.