Melamine blues

A simple, test kit for detecting melamine in liquids, including adulterated infant formula milk has been developed from enzyme research at the University of Minnesota. Until now, melamine testing required expensive laboratory equipment and skilled personnel. However, the MaxDiscovery Melamine Test kit can detect melamine in milk, powdered milk, cream, ice cream and chocolate drink through a simple visual reaction. The test uses melamine deaminase to release ammonia from the sample, which turns the liquid blue. The company marketing the kit, Bioo Scientific, is planning to adapt it to detect melamine in seafood and meat too.