UN set new melamine level standards milk

UN to set new melamine level standards for milk

9:29 AM, 6th July 2012
UN to set new melamine level standards for milk
The United Nations food standards body has agreed on new regulations for the maximum level of melamine in liquid milk formula for babies.

NEW YORK, US: The United Nations food standards body has agreed on new regulations, including the maximum level of melamine in liquid milk formula for babies, as part of its efforts to help protect the health of consumers. Other measures adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), include new food safety standards on seafood, melons, dried figs and food labeling.

The Commission sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide, with Codex standards serving, in many cases, as a basis for national legislation, and providing food safety benchmarks for international food trade. According to WHO, melamine can be lethal at high concentrations and has been used illegally to increase apparent protein content in food products, including infant formula and milk powder. Milk tainted with melamine has caused death and illness in infants.

In the area of mandatory nutrition labelling, the Commission recommended that food manufacturers across the world label nutritional content on their products to ensure that consumers are better informed.

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