The Ministry of Health denied an allegation on Friday that the national standard on the maximum limit of melamine in baby milk formula is laxer than the level newly set by an international organization.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission has set a maximum limit of 0.15 mg/kg for melamine in liquid infant milk, according to a news release on the website of the World Health Organization on Wednesday.
The commission, jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the WHO, sets international food safety and quality standards as reference for its members.
However, the new standard has caused concern among Chinese consumers as the country last year set its national cap on melamine concentration in powdered baby formula at 1 mg/kg.
"China's national standard is actually in line with the international one," the ministry said in an online statement issued on Friday.
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