What is FDA’s Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine and Melamine-Related Compounds in human foods and what did it conclude?
A safety/risk assessment is the product of a scientifically based methodology used to estimate the risk to human health from exposure to specified compounds. It is based on available data and certain scientific assumptions in the absence of data. The purpose of the FDA’s Interim Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine and its Analogues in Food for Humans was to identify the level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food which would not raise public health concerns. The interim safety/risk assessment evaluated the melamine exposure in infant formula and in other foods. The safety/risk assessment, prompted by reports of melamine contamination of milk-derived ingredients and finished food products containing milk manufactured in China, was conducted by scientists from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine. The FDA reviewed scientific literature on melamine toxicity. Infant Formula FDA is currently unable to establish any level o