November 25, 2008 / 10:38 PM / 11 years ago

U.S. officials find trace of melamine in baby formula

Taiwan Department of Health officials pack a milk powder sample to test for melamine contamination in Taipei September 22, 2008. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials have uncovered trace amounts of the chemical melamine in one sample of infant formula sold in the United States, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The amount found in the sample was no cause for concern, said FDA spokeswoman Judy Leon said. “There’s no basis for concern because we’re talking about trace levels that are so low ... that there’s absolutely no risk,” she told Reuters.

Melamine-tainted formula was found earlier this year in China, where thousands of children fell ill and several died.

Reporting by Susan Heavey, editing by Chris Wilson

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