FDA sets safe level for infant formula contaminant

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal food safety regulators have set a safety level for the industrial chemical melamine in infant formula and are urging consumers to keep using U.S.-made formula.

Officials for the Food and Drug Administration said Friday that they've set a threshold of 1 part per million of melamine in formula so long as a related chemical isn't also present.

The new threshold now defines as safe the concentrations that the FDA has found in its testing so far.

The safety level is far below the amount of melamine added to infant formula in China that has been blamed for killing at least three babies and making thousands ill.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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