Avoid poisoned milk made from China or Taiwan

I received this email from my aunt, title “Food Inc. China.”  Posting it here for archival purposes.


Make sure you read to the very end — very interesting — perhaps the best way to tell where things are made…

China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report. Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and what not to eat.

1.What really is poisoned milk?
It is milk powder mixed with ‘MELAMINE’

What is Melamine used for?
It is an industrial chemical used in the production of melawares.


It is also used in home decoration, ‘ US resistant board’.


We all MUST understand that Melamine is used in INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION — it CANNOT be eaten!

2.Why is Melamine added to milk powder?
The most important nutrient in milk is protein. And, Melamine has this same protein that contains ‘NITROGEN.’


Adding Melamine into milk reduces the actual milk content required, and therefore it is cheaper than all milk. So it lowers the capital required in the production of milk products. Therefore it earns the business man more profit!

Below is Melamine; doesn’t it look like milk/milk powder? It doesn’t have any smell, so cannot be detected.


3.When was it discovered that it had been added to milk products?
In 2007, US cats and dogs died suddenly, they found that pet food from China contained Melamine.


Early in 2008, in China, an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones was reported.


In August 2008, China Sanlu Milk Powder tested for Melamine.


Sept. 2008, the New Zealand government asked China to investigate this problem.
Sept. 21, 2008, they found that many food products in Taiwan tested for Melamine.

4.What happens when Melamine ingested and digested?
Melamine remains inside the kidneys. It forms into stones blocking the tubes. Pain will be imminent and the person cannot urinate. Kidney(s) will then swell.


Although surgery can remove the stones, it causes irreversible kidney damage. It can lead to the loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death because of uremia.

What is dialysis?
In fact, it should be called ‘blood washing’; it is filtering all of the body’s blood into a machine and then returning the blood back to the body.

The whole process takes 4 hours; and it is necessary to have dialysis once every 3 days for the rest of your life.

Below: A dialysis centre.

Below: A large dialysis centre.

A small hole is required in the arm to insert the sub-dialysis catheter.

Why is it much more serious in babies?
A baby’s kidneys are so very small and they drink a lot of milk powder.

Below: A baby undergoing dialysis.
China currently has 13,000 infants hospitalized
It does not matter how much Melamine a human being ingested (ate) (took).
The important point is: ‘MELAMINE CANNOT BE EATEN!’

5.What foods are to be avoided?
Foods from China that contain dairy products should be avoided.

Remember: Foods with cream or milk should be avoided.

6.Which companies are affected?
Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.


7.What do we do next?
Avoid the above foods for at least six months.

If you own or operate a snack bar, a restaurant, or a coffee shops, etc.,
stop selling dairy products for the meantime.

If you have infants at home, change to mother’s milk or find other substitutes.

Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning.

The whole world is very afraid of "Made In China" ‘black-hearted’ goods. Do you know how to differentiate which products are made in the USA, or in the Philippines, in Taiwan, or in China? Here’s How:

The first 3 digits of the barcode identify the country code wherein the product was made.

For example: ALL barcodes that start with 690, 691, 692, etc… up to and including 695 a really MADE IN CHINA. Barcodes starting with 471 are printed on products Made in Taiwan.


You have aright to know. But the government and related departments never inform or educate the public.Therefore, we must educate ourselves, be vigilant, and RESCUE ourselves.

Today, Chinese businessmen know that consumer swill not select products ‘Made in China’. So, they make every effort not to show or state the country of origin on their products. However, you can now refer to the barcode.

DO remember if the first 3 digits are one of those between 690 and 695 inclusive then it is a product Made in China.

00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 – Central America
All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.

Please inform your family and friends. Be aware! And help others to be aware!






US, UK and friends have cyber-war party

From The Register:

Business and government leaders from the US, UK and three other countries will spend much of this week simulating and defending against a large-scale cyber attack in an exercise designed to strengthen coordinated responses to what many perceive as a growing threat.

The exercises are designed to sharpen and assess participants’ ability to respond to a multi-day, coordinated attack and better understand the “cascading effects” such attacks can have.

Scary and astonishing at the same time, as it possibly (eventually) may become a “physical war.”

Exponential aging from chronic stress

Sad thing what politics – or for that matter, jobs that cause unhealthy stress – can do to a man…take Tony Blair, for example. From the BBC, here are pictures of him, showing how he has aged in 10 years. Yes, he is successful; yes, he is wealthy, but whoa, he’s aged a lot! In 10 years?!


With how government and the world tries to manage this thing called life, it’s been confirmed in studies that chronic stress does hasten aging. Read this article to find out more.

So my question to you is: Is politics or a job full of [unhealthy] stress worth it? (There is good stress – the one that makes us grow.)

Hopefully, this sparks something in you wherein it changes your perspective for the good. And for me and my family, our goal is to lead a quiet life and enjoy it while it lasts. I hope it’s the same for you and if so, do your best and try to do something about it. I know it’s easier said than done, but try.  I will.  =0)

Inefficiency of Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles

There was a need for me to obtain an affidavit and power of attorney document from the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles for my upcoming 3-week trip to the Philippines. So on February 28, 2008, I went, filled out and paid the fees, and was told to come pick it up on March 3, 2008, a Monday.

Due to higher [preparation] priorities, however, I went on March 5, 2008 around 11:30 AM. The embassy was on the 5th floor and when I arrived, I was surprised to see the room quite empty. And only window #3 (with a young lady) was open to help people with their needs.

Since I was only there to pick up the documents, I went to window #4 (the Releasing window) but found the window blinds shut. So I asked the man in window #5 (the Cashier window) if he could help me. He said: “Please take a number.” At this point, I already found it frustrating.

I took a number – it was 87 – and at this time more people started to come in. The impatience and angry faces grew, including mine. I still thought it wouldn’t take long for the young lady in window #3 to call me, since she was already serving number 78. But no! It took almost 2 hours to get it! How inefficient is that?! And what frustrates me even more is that none of the employees there cared!  Also, did I mention that I had to go down twice to prevent my parking meter from expiring?

Here’s what I think they (or someone) should’ve done:

I wasn’t the only one there “just to pick up” an already processed document. What the lady in window #3 or the man in window #5 should’ve done was to ask people who just needed to pick up a document then service them. This would’ve lessen the count of people needing help. Also, an office manager of some sort should be hired (or fired) to supervise and look for ways to make the staff and process run more efficiently. I didn’t see one.

This is wishful thinking, of course, since this is how governments run/work nowadays. No wonder why the Philippines (and other countries) is not going anywhere – they can’t even get a simple process to work/run efficiently.

Anyway, I don’t think anyone in the Philippine Consulate or government cares. Whatever…just take this as my way of venting my frustration. Take care. =0)