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Melamine levels for food to follow WHO

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health is preparing a melamine standard for food.

The amount will be set following a World Health Organisation (WHO) finding that 0.2 milligrammes of the chemical per kilo of body weight per day is tolerable.

This means that a 50 kg person can safely consume 10mg of melamine daily.

“ Vietnam will now consider a safe limit for melamine based on careful calculations,” said the ministry’s Food Hygiene and Safety Department director Nguyen Cong Khan.

It will then publicise the allowed amount,” he said.

The department’s deputy director, Nguyen Thi Khanh Tran, said the ministry had yet to allow any amount of melamine in food.

But the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s recently announced limit of 2.5 mg of melamine in each kilo of animal feed was reasonable.

The WHO limit is lower than that in some industrialised countries.

The European Union’s limit is 0.5mg per kg of body weight and Canada ’s, 0.35mg.

WHO Vietnam representative Jean-Marc Olive said any country that set a melamine limit should sign an agreement with export countries to ensure the limit is honoured.

Importing countries should ask export countries to regularly check and supervise quality and licensing, he said.

Samples taken from the imports should be regularly tested.

Melamine is added to food to artificially boost its protein levels but too much can cause kidney damage.-

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