FDA update on Chinese infant formula contamination

September 24, 2008

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation of more than 1,000 retail markets which may have brought Chinese infant formula into the U.S. yielded no such items, the FDA stated.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation of more than 1,000 retail markets which may have brought Chinese infant formula into the U.S. yielded no such items, the FDA stated.

The FDA had previously advised on September 12 that consumers should not purchase any baby formula from China, after Chinese officials reported that a tainted, milk-based formula led to the death of one baby and may have caused kidney stones in dozens of others.

Since then, the melamine-tainted formula has been linked to nearly 53,000 sickened infants, nearly 13,000 hospitalizations, and four infant deaths, according to the Associated Press.