By Genevieve Long
In a rare move, the U.S. government is halting the import of all milk and milk-derived products from China. The move comes nearly two months after a scandal over contaminated infant formula broke in China. Over 53,000 Chinese babies were sickened by infant formula poisoned with melamine, an industrial polymer not meant for human consumption.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), melamine and melamine-analogs have been detected in a large number of products coming from China. Cyanuric acid, which forms a toxic compound when coupled with melamine, has also been detected in various products. Over 50 milk or milk-derived products, milk derived ingredients, and finished food products containing milk are now flagged by the FDA for possible melamine and cyanuric acid contamination. The list of products includes candy, beverages, bakery products, and baby food.