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Melamine contamination: JRC reviews detection methods

Oct 10 2008

As part of the rapid response to the melamine food scandal, the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has set-up a website to gather information and review methods to detect melamine in food and feed products.

The recent health scare in China over tainted milk powder has raised concerns about possible melamine contamination in products on the European market. Although the EU does not import milk or other dairy produce from China, processed foods such as biscuits and chocolates might have traces of milk powder. The European Commission recently decided that all products originating from China and containing more than 15% of milk as an ingredient must be checked for the presence of melamine. In order to protect the European citizen, products containing more than 2.5 mg / kg are to be immediately destroyed.

In close cooperation with the Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers, the JRC is taking the initiative to review methods for detecting melamine in food and feed. Experts in the field are invited to contribute to this initial phase of information gathering by consulting the website set up by the IRMM.