It appears the melamine is in the feed that was fed to the chickens, so it makes one wonder how far does the melamine go and how far back can you track it. First it was the milk products with adding melamine to make the nutritional values look better and now it goes back to the feed given to the chickens, so it does make you wonder if part of the issue in fact with the milk products could also go back to the feed given to the cattle perhaps. It appears we have not heard the last of the melamine crisis with food products. BD
HONG KONG, China (AP) -- The discovery of excessive levels of the industrial chemical melamine in Chinese eggs has prompted the Hong Kong authorities to expand health tests to include meat products imported from China, a senior official said Sunday.
The move follows the announcement late Saturday that Hong Kong testers had found 4.7 parts per million of melamine in imported eggs produced by a division of China's Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group. The legal limit for melamine in foodstuffs in Hong Kong is 2.5 ppm.
Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health York Chow said the melamine may have come from feed given to the chickens that laid the eggs. "The preliminary opinion experts have given us is that there is a problem with the (chicken) feed," Chow told reporters Saturday.
The egg results have prompted officials to expand food testing to meat imports from China, Chow told reporters Sunday.