The tainted food scandal of China has now spread from milk to other foods.

In Hong Kong, eggs from northern China tested positive for Melamine.  The Hong Kong Heatlh commissioner says that he suspects that animals have been fed melamine contaminated food, resulting in higher than normal levels of the chemical in the eggs.

But if this scenerio is true, that means other animal products might be contaminated. As a result, various meat products from China will be tested for melamine levels.

One of the side effects of the milk contamination, however, is that manufacturers that use the milk products have found their own products contaminated.

Here in the Philippines,  a cracker manufactured in the Philippines has been found to have high levels of Melamine, presumably from either eggs or more likely the milk ingredients.

Here in Asia, governments are busy testing and warning the public about an ever growing list of dangerous foods.

The bad news is that smuggling of the contaminated products, or reselling them by street vendors with a different or no label is an on going worry.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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