Formula update – October 4
We know that so many parents are concerned about the type of formula their children drank while living in China. We are continuing to receive information and will post it on our blog as new information comes to light. We are continuing to speak with the orphanages we help to make sure the children in our programs are continuing to do well.
It now appears that formula contamination may go back as far as 2006. Parents who adopted from China in 2006 or later may want to consider talking with their pediatrician about whether their child should be tested for kidney stones.
We have worked with orphanages for five years on providing nutrition to children, and we have learned that it would be almost impossible to guarantee that a child was not exposed to tainted formula at one time or another. Orphanages frequently receive donations of goods from local citizens who wish to care for the orphans in their town. The most common donations are clothing and baby formula, and there isn’t any way for us to know with certainty that a child did not drink donated formula at some time in their life. If a parent has any concerns, we suggest speaking with your doctor.
Companies with recalled milk products include: Sanlu, Hunan Peiyi, Shjiazhuang Baocheng, Hunan Nanshan, Guangdong Yashili, Tangshan Longgang, Tangsha Mingle, Zhangbei County Hongguan, Changbei Diary, Tianjin Haihe, Fujian Nanan, Yili, Fuzhou Mingyi, Qianan Sanyuan, and Mengniu. Sanlu products appear to have the highest concentration of melamine. (see chart below).
Almost all orphaned babies in institutions drink milk based formula. We have only a few children in our programs who drink soy products for milk allergies. However, just today it was announced that melamine was found in Bingquan Soyspring Soybean drink (Doujiang).
As we have reported, LWB sends only Nestle and Wyeth products to the orphanages we assist with nutrition. We have read reports of melamine being found in a few Nestle products. At this time only trace amounts have been found in a Neslac Gold formula in Hong Kong, Dairy Farm milk used for catering, and several Neslac and KLIM products in Taiwan. The amounts are said to be naturally-occurring and too small to cause kidney issues. However the products have been recalled as a precaution. Our directors in China continue to monitor this, and to date, the Nestle baby formulas in China have continued to test negative for melamine. However, as we stated above, orphanages often receive small amounts of donated formula from caring citizens in their town, and so we cannot guarantee that a child on Nestle did not receive Chinese formula as well.
We will continue to post updates as we receive new information. We are posting a table below that shows the levels found in milk products in China. Please note that these results are several weeks old, and that some of the products are milk formulas for adults and not babies.
Tests conducted by AQSIQ
results published on 16 September 2008