An organic compound usually used as a flame-retardant has been exploited in infant formula milk products in China with devastating results. Thousands of infants exposed to the toxic compound have suffered ill effects, including acute kidney failure, and at the time of writing three had died. The nitrogen-rich compound, melamine, was used illicitly to adulterate popular formula milk products and give a false high reading for protein content. The same compound, and related materials, including cyanuric acid, were at the heart of a pet-food scandal in the US in 2007 when many pets died through eating adulterated products.
Toxic milk in China