Monday, October 6, 2008

Melamine Scare

Philippines is also a dumping ground for cheap products from China. Recently, the market is stirred by the controversial melamine-contaminated milk products imported from China or those products that have Chinese dairy content. The government immediately reacted by confiscating products or goods displayed from store shelves suspected to contain the toxic substance.


The substance is pinpointed as the cause for kidney stone cases in babies in China. I don’t have the details. Anyway, according to the www.wisegeek.com, melamine is an organic compound that is often combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a synthetic polymer which is fire resistant and heat tolerant. Melamine resin is a very versatile material with a highly stable structure. Uses for melamine include whiteboards, floor tiles, kitchenware, fire retardant fabrics, and commercial filters. Melamine can be easily molded while warm, but will set into a fixed form. This property makes it ideally suited to certain industrial applications.


It said: Aside from common commercial uses, melamine became a topic of much discussion in early 2007, when veterinary scientists determined it to be the cause of hundreds of pet deaths, because of pet food contamination. Prior to these reports, melamine had been regarded as non-toxic or minimally toxic. However, because of the unexplained presence of melamine in wheat gluten added to mass-produced dog and cat foods, it is the most likely cause. Pet owners report symptoms that are commonly associated with renal failure, which could be explained by the ammonia that may result from the digestion of the melamine.


My editorial cartoon says “Kung Et Pachai” obviously based on the Chinese greeting “Kung Hei Fat Choi!” In our language, “kung means “if”, et is deformed word “eat” while “pachai” is derived from the word “patay” (dead).


Indeed, China products are hitting to birds in one stone. Contaminated products are killing our consumers. Being cheap, they are also killing our local manufacturers. Wow.

1 comments:

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

eat while patay...........pastilan bitaw sa?

china made is everywhere, bisan diri daghan made in china kay cheap....cheap?
cheap man ang labor nila...
pero quality na....ja na lang....

diri bya pod, remember sa white rabbit nga dolce?.....giabolish pod sa asia store diri....tanan made in china nga milk products...

thanks sa post....

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