Wednesday, November 26, 2008

FDA, are you high?

I was pretty sure it would happen eventually. Traces of melamine have been found in our infant formula. Here, in the US. One might reasonably expect some recalls to be in order, wouldn't you say?

Psych! Instead, the FDA is talking parents down, telling them that this is far less melamine than caused the agonizing deaths of three babies and terrible illnesses of 50,000 others in China. So no worries! Just keep feeding your baby the same old formula, because that's in his "best interest." They don't have any idea what level of melamine is actually safe, but it's probably okay.

Funny--isn't that what people used to think about asbestos?

FDA, we're talking about our children here. Possibly harmful chemicals are not innocent until proven deadly. Do you really know what long-term health effects this melamine could have on our babies? Do you even care? Because you were certainly whistling a different tune a couple of months ago when, as thousands of babies suffered needlessly in China, you told us you were "currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns." I, for one, assumed that it was your duty to remove any item which raises public health concerns from the market!

You may have given the thumbs-up to small amounts of melamine in our infant formula, and while it's so nice of you to try and help us poor simple parents out with our decision-making, I think that should be left up to the moms and dads whose children could be harmed. Don't you?

4 comments:

inexplicableways.com said...

What? Good grief! Well, we know how the FDA handled BPA. I'm not surprised, I guess. But really. Argh.

Schatz said...

It's always nice to be reminded, once again, that the welfare of companies is more important than the welfare of people...

Vicky said...

Yes....I heard this on the way to work this morning....and I was waiting for your post on this. It is absurd!! The FDA does not know crap about the levels of melamine and what it can do to our children. Weren't the three children and countless others suffering enough?????????

Kelly said...

Another reason I wish my sister had breastfed. Argh..I would be afraid to feed my child anything now!