By Genevieve Long
additional reporting by Mimi Li
Following more than two months of increasingly strained relations between China and the U.S. over food safety issues, the U.S. government has found melamine in U.S.-manufactured infant formula. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found melamine, an industrial polymer that has sickened and killed infants in China in recent months, in unnamed brands of infant formula.
It is not clear when the FDA found what has been characterized as a “trace level” of melamine in the infant formula. It is also not clear why the information was released at this point.
Earlier this month, during a press conference announcing the opening of three FDA inspection offices in China, FDA officials were caught by surprise when their Chinese counterparts said they would also send their own inspectors to the U.S.