Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Melamine-contaminated powdered infant formula in China - update

China’s Ministry of Health reported over the weekend that nearly 40,000 children have sought medical treatment related to the consumption of melamine-contaminated powdered infant formula. Almost 12,900 are currently hospitalized.

Three deaths have been confirmed as being related to contamination of infant formula. One is under further investigation.

Authorities of Singapore and Hong Kong SAR reported finding melamine in dairy products manufactured in China. A three-year old girl received treatment in Hong Kong due to consumption of the contaminated milk.

WHO will continue to share information through its International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) to help national authorities to be better informed and enable them to better target their monitoring.

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