News of Interest for Late-in-Life Moms September 11, 2008
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FDA: Infant formula from China tainted by chemical
Tainted infant formula from China may be on sale at ethnic groceries in America, even though it is not approved for importation, the Food and Drug Administration warned.
The domestic supply of infant formula is safe, the FDA said.
Officials recommend U.S. consumers avoid all infant formula from China, after several brands sold in that country came under suspicion of being contaminated with melamine, a chemical used in plastics. There have been reports from China of babies developing kidney stones as a result, officials said. There have been no reports of illnesses in the U.S.
Nine million children die worldwide before age 5
UNICEF reported more than 9 million children globally died before their fifth birthday in 2007, down slightly from 2006. A huge gap remains between rich and poor countries, especially in Africa.
Promotion of breastfeeding, immunizations and anti-malaria measures helped decrease child deaths to 9.2 million from 9.7 million a year ago and 12.7 million in 1990, according to the UNICEF figures.