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Authorities scotch formula rumors

LOCAL quality control authorities yesterday dismissed Internet rumors that Dumex baby formula causes kidney stones in babies because of a high calcium content.

Officials with the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said its inspection of Dumex showed that the baby formula have no quality problems.

This week, rumors spread on the Internet that although Dumex baby formula passed the bureau's melamine test two years ago, it can still cause kidney stones.

Li Taomin, an engineer with the Heilongjiang Dairy Industry Research Institute, expressed the opinion recently that Dumex did have a high calcium content and there was an unreasonable proportion of phosphorus in the formula.

Zhou Wei, a doctor with the urology department at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center, said it was not very likely that babies' kidney stones could be caused by a high calcium content in the formula.

"The human body can adjust - excess calcium in the human body would not be absorbed by the intestinal tract, and would be eliminated from the body," he said.


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