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2008 in review: key public health issues

A researcher checks for melamine in milk samples collected from stores in China.
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Food safety - a global issue

More than 47 000 infants and young children in China are hospitalized for urinary problems and possible kidney stones related to the consumption of infant formula and dairy products contaminated with melamine. Cases of melamine contamination are reported from other countries, exposing the vulnerability of the global food chain, the interconnected nature of world health and the need for robust food safety in countries.

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