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In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration said last week that its experts have concluded that eating 2.5 parts per million of melamine -- a minuscule amount -- would not raise health concerns, even if a person ate food every day that was laced with the chemical.
Brazil on Tuesday became the latest of dozens of countries to restrict Chinese food products. It banned all such imports because of safety concerns.
Brazil's food imports from China are minimal -- in 2007 the country bought just US$120 million in such products.
The Philippine health secretary said Wednesday that traces of melamine have been found in a third imported Chinese-made milk product, Jolly Cow Slender Milk, which had already been taken off shelves.
China's Cabinet has already acknowledged that the country's dairy industry was "chaotic" and suffered from a grave lack of oversight. It has pledged to monitor milk products from dairies to store shelves.
The State Council has also ordered hospitals to provide free treatment for sick infants.
The crisis has forced the government to fire local and even high-level officials for negligence, while repeating earlier promises to raise product safety standards.
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