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24 October 2008

SA foods almost melamine-free

Only one out of 19 foodstuffs tested by the National Consumer Forum contained traces of the chemical melamine, the SABC reported on Thursday.

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Only one out of 19 foodstuffs tested by the National Consumer Forum contained traces of the chemical melamine, the SABC reported on Thursday.

"There has been one positive result. The levels are not that high, but we need to speak to the company concerned and discuss the results with them first before we can make this information public," said NCF head Thami Bulani.

"I can assure consumers in this country they have nothing to worry about."

Tests were conducted in a Cape Town laboratory on various sweets, chocolates and cereal.

Earlier this year, the presence of melamine in Chinese-manufactured dairy products was blamed for a number of infant deaths and illness. Melamine is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and glues. It was added to watered-down diary products to boost their protein content. – (Sapa, October 2008)

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Melamine found in chocolates
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