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Melamine leaching from plastic tableware – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 22nd, 2013.

Tableware made from melamine-containing plastics may leach some of the compound into food if it is served hot, according to new research. However independent experts are unsure of what health impact – if any – such small doses could have. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Taiwanese researchers measured the  the melamine […]

Studies uncover health impacts of melamine consumption

Peter Griffin posted in on March 12th, 2009.

Nearly six months after the San-Lu tainted milk powder scandal in China broke drawing New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra into a public health crisis, studies are beginning to emerge that look at the impact melamine had on the young children who consumed it in milk formula given to them. Ingesting tainted-milk led to the deaths […]

SMC Media Tracker: Climate change, cancer big in October

Peter Griffin posted in on October 31st, 2008.

Each month from October onwards, the Science Media Centre will be tracking science-related key words that appear in the country’s newspapers. Below are the results of our first survey, where we took 12 keywords related to issues that were topical in late September. From next month, as well as tracking topical terms, we will monitor […]

Melamine and its impact on the body

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2008.

Chinese officials continue to deal with the aftermath of over 1250 babies falling ill and two dying after consuming tainted milk powder sold by Sanlu, a Chinese manufacturer part-owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. The scandal has led to worldwide scrutiny of Chinese milk products and revived worries about melamine, a chemical used in […]

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