I got another batch of info on this Melamine thing. Before I go off I will say I recall an article predicting such things and other political attempts to demonize China....so I am cautious with this info....who do we trust?? The F.D.A. or the Chinese? Flip a coin my friend...wait!! is none of the above an option??
OK so what I have learnt is that this melamine thing came to light after a so called epidemic of kidney stones and other problems showed up in China......"the toxic chemical was added to watered-down baby formula to create the impression of high protein levels in the diluted products. Melamine can cause kidney problems—including kidney stones and kidney failure—when ingested and is also to blame for the illnesses of some 54,000 children in China."read source
SOOO...I googled kidney stone epidemic like any good researcher would and guess what I found..!!??!! in the new york times...
"To the great surprise of parents, kidney stones, once considered a disorder of middle age, are now showing up in children as young as 5 or 6."
This could be something or this could be nothing, definitely something!! perhaps not connected with Melamine but with kids diet in general....experts say...
"University of Wisconsin. He and other experts mentioned not just salty chips and French fries, but also processed foods like sandwich meats; canned soups; packaged meals; and even sports drinks like Gatorade, which are so popular among schoolchildren they are now sold in child-friendly juice boxes."
The key phrase from the Times article is the lead line>..."To the great surprise of parents..."
This is no SURPRISE!! it is common sense.... Parents more and more tend to be lazy and use their naive trust in the system as an excuse. Wake up take the time...spend the energy...get back to wholesome foods for ourselves and our kids.
I know it is hard and yes I feel helpless sometimes...overwhelmed...outgunned, but I will leave you with one thought....and it is fitting with election season upon us.
VOTE WITH YOU DOLLAR.....every single dollar you spend is a vote for the kind of products and companies you get. do you vote with you money on large multinational companies ....or local family owned businesses.....do you look to buy locally produced foods or pre-packed mystery meat from Mexico and tomatoes from Malaysia? I am not saying ..don't buy foreign stuff...buy quality...be smart...if some USA company is making crap and trying to trick you into buying it...VOTE them out of business!!!!
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Korea has removed the following products from its stores: M&M milk chocolates, Snickers peanut fun size bars, Kit Kat bars from Nestle, and Ritz "sandwich cracker cheese and rice cookies"