Greed, Mad Science and Melamine

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been linked to the use of melamine to boost protein content in food, according to this report from Asia Times:

The trail of greed and negligence that allowed melamine – a toxic industrial chemical – to slip from modified animal fodder into the human food chain has now led to some of China’s top scientists – many of whom are widely regarded to have put personal profit over the public safety of billions.

Recent reports have found that China’s top scientific research body – the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) – “discovered” as early as 1999 that adding melamine to food could boost its protein levels. In turn, the reports allege that rogue biologists cashed in on their chemical invention by promoting the sale of products containing melamine – even charging for training in how to use them – for years.

As a result, China’s high-profile nationwide campaign to boost science and scientific research is being reconsidered with an eye to social responsibility, and the possible “economic adulteration” of all Chinese products.

November 13, 2008 3:39 PM
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