Why do they have to use MELAMINE?

Philippines
October 6, 2008 8:41am CST
The recent shocking news bout melamine had a far reaching impact in all sides of the globe. Everybody was affected coz they source their suppliers from China. In the name of profit. The welfare of people specially the kids was forgotten. Shame on these culprits.
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@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
6 Oct 08
Hi watarikenji. You are right it is a shame. Luckly we don't have this problem here because we don't buy milk from China. Have a nice day.
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• Philippines
17 Oct 08
Hi friend, unfortunately, we have lots of em in our supermarkets and other food outlets. There are lots of Chinese importers here. Recently, the government recalled many of these milk brands founded to be positive with the chemical. How much money is enough?
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
6 Oct 08
WATARIKENJI, I would suppose it is basically the pressure of making a living for farmers who are way back with the latest technological advances in farming that is causing this problem. As you will find in this article http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/milky-melamine.html With such a laid back way, farmers will definitely be affected with their supplies for the ever increasing and overwhelming demands of the market. But, I would also like to point out here that the there are other parties that should also be held accountable for this incident. First, the producers who are ever pressing for an increase in supplies without realizing the demands required at the other end as consequential. These farmers are already laid back in their techniques which is the reason for their cheap source of supplies; yet, I cannot believe that they don't realize that they cannot just increase supplies without having any improvements on their infra structures and what not overnight. Second, the authorities are also lax with their responsibilities. Prior to this worldwide outburst, doctors locally in China have been writing to the health authorities since early April about certain irregularities in the recent increase of babies fed from the bottles are having kidney stones. But what did the authorities do? Yes, they did nothing and found that since they are being treated they did not probe further. Third, the testing facility is also questionable as you can read in my enclosed article that there is a need to improve the testing facilities and in the world of complexities we should never drop our guard on such things. Forth, I cannot help to sense that there might be some sabotage conspiracy (just my theory) that some factions is trying to reduce the reputation of China goods. It is just my assumption and prerogative for now, till proven with time. I cannot think that these recent spate of events are there and then. I mean whose idea was it to the primitive farmers to use such an advance chemical like melamine to boost the protein count in their diluted milk. There is simply a missing piece in this jigsaw.
• Philippines
17 Oct 08
Hi sky, thanks for the wonderful info. I was enlightened by the facts about melamine and your arguments are worthy of consideration. I agree with you that the farmers alone could not manipulate the use of melamine. I also believe that there are magical hands behind these events. Boosting production because of high demand is really the root of this mess. Some intelligent and greedy individual might be responsible for the introduction of this chemical. Once again, the victims are the innocent consumers. The sad fact is that great damage happened already before things like these are discovered. Yes, we must all be vigilant about this. Our lives are at stake.
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• United States
17 Oct 08
The melamine was used to imitate protein in the milk. to help pass the government standards. there are no tests for melamine in the milk because there was NO reason there should be any melamine there. so heres a question for ya, should there be MORE government standards to stop them from stuff like this, or LESS because it was likely government standards that encouraged them to do this... at least thats what I read.
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• Canada
6 Dec 09
That is a very good question. I think one of the offenders was recently executed in China. I also seem to remember hearing somewhere that the idiot who did it wanted the milk to go further or something, so he could appear to be selling more milk than he really was, or something stupid like that. I am glad he got executed for his actions.