This Puts The Cat Amongst The Melamine Pigeons

Nestlé are reporting levels of melamine higher than internationally accepted as safe, have been discovered in two brands of it's formula milk in South Africa.

Nestlé says that the product was made in South Africa and contained exclusively locally produced ingredients such as fresh milk.

"The manufacturer has determined that the source of the contamination derived from animal feed used by some of its suppliers of fresh milk,” said a spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal Health department.

The salient point in all of this is that it throws into question the widely held belief that melamine ingested by animals does not pass into the food chain. It challenges the perception that the industrial chemical is either excreted by the animal or is diluted to such an extent that any remaining traces are practically undetectable in human food.