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No Melamine Illness Reported In RP

Inquirer.net, News Report, Maila Ager Posted: Oct 03, 2008

MANILA, Phils. No single case of melamine-related disease has been reported so far in the country, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.

After two weeks of monitoring, Duque said there were no reports of kidney problems that might have been caused by melamine-tainted milk and other milk products from China.

Wala tayong masabi ngayon na kung merong mang sakit sa kidney o sa bato ay automatic na itoy dahil sa [There is nothing we can report about anyone who might have acquired an illness in the kidney as a direct result of ingesting] melamine from China. Walang ganung [There is no such] automatic association so we will have to study, we will have to look at all our patients in different hospital hospitals, Duque told reporters after a budget hearing at the Senate.

So far, there has been no report after I have given the instruction about two weeks ago to monitor. So far, wala pa [there has been none] and knock on the wood sana wala [I hope there will be none] forever, he said.

Duque heads the task force monitoring the products that might be contaminated with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics.

As of posting time, 26 of 52 products are being tested by the Bureau of Food and Drugs, he said.

Duque is confident that by October 3rd, they would be able to release a partial list of milk and milk products that have been tested for melamine.

Kapag negative [If its negative], thats safe for consumption, he said.

Asked by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile if reports were true that even flour was contaminated with melamine, the DOH chief gave no categorical answer.

Duque said they would like to prioritize the milk and milk products from China before considering other products.

We have to have a sense of prioritization so we are prioritizing only milk and milk products from China, he said.

After that, we will consider as each day passes by and as new developments are made known to us and then as I have said, the list might continue to get longer, he said.



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