The practice of some infant milk formula manufacturers of adding water to raw milk in order to increase the volume of production, lowers protein concentration.
The addition of melamine increases the nitrogen content of the milk and therefore its apparent protein content. The addition of melamine into food is not approved by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius (food standard commission), or by any national authorities.
When combined with cyanuric acid, which may also be present in melamine powder, melamine can form crystals that can give rise to kidney stones.
These small crystals can also block the small tubes in the kidney, potentially stopping the production of urine, causing kidney failure and even death. Our instruments can quickly and effectively test for melamine exposure per recommended serving.
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