Experts set tolerable level for melamine

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — At a meeting in Ottawa organized by the World Health Organization, international experts set the tolerable daily intake for melamine at 0.2 mg per kg of body weight.

The level is lower than previously suggested by some authorities and would mean a person weighing 50 kg would have a tolerable amount of 10 mg of melamine a day.

The international experts did not establish a safe level, but the tolerable level represents the tolerable amount of unavoidable contaminant in food that a person may ingest on a daily basis without appreciable health risk. The level is meant to help national authorities set safe limits in food for withdraw purposes if melamine is detected as the result of intentional contamination.

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