News last update:6 Aug 2012

WHO sets tolerable melamine levels

The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed that the tolerable daily intake for melamine for humans is 0.2 mg per kg body weight.

A researcher from the National Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety in China, Chen Junshi, says, "WHO's daily limit is a guideline for all countries to control their melamine standards. It means normal people can consume up to 10 mg melamine a day without any harmful effects. It also means the country's existing limit is safe."

The EU's standard for melamine is set at 0.5 milligrams, Canada's is at 0.35 milligrams and the FDA's limited melamine in the United States was at 0.63 milligrams (which was later changed to 0.063 milligrams daily).

Melamine, a chemical compound, was the contaminant implicated in the 2007 petfood recalls.

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