Milk Essay

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On the victims Melamine is an important intermediate of organic chemistry used to manufacture resin. Since it is nitrogen-rich, it is sometimes added to food illegally to increase the protein content of dairy products. Melamine adulteration of food products has made headlines in some other parts of the world, but the 2008 milk scandal in China was the largest-scale. By 26 September, more than 10,000 cases were reported. Most of the victims were children. According to the WHO, 82% of the victims were below 2 years old. On 8 October, the government refused to issue updated figures for the reason that this was not an infectious disease. On 1 December, Xinhua reported that the Ministry of Health revised the number of victims to more than 290,000 and 51,900 hospitalized and 3 deaths, but it was suggested by the media that official figures were likely to be understated. According to the inspection report issued by the AQSIQ, large ingestion of contaminated milk (the daily bearable consumption of melamine is 0.63mg/kg weight) can cause high blood pressure, edema, and percussive pain in kidney area. Severe cases can be diseases in the urinary system like dysurea, acute renal failure, kidney stones and even bladder cancer.7 On the dairy industry The eruption of the milk scandal led to a major collapse of consumers’ confidence in Chinese dairy products. Since 2000, the industry had grown at an average rate of 23% per year, but the scandal caused the demand for dairy products to a tremendous

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