Chinese products that contain milk will be detained at the U.S. border unless tests show they are not contaminated, reports The New York Times.
The new Food and Drug Administration Watch List is a belated effort to get a handle on Chinese products containing the industrial chemical melamine, which has sickened 50,000 infants and killed at least four.
While the contamination has not been widespread in the United States, melamine has been found in products ranging from nondairy creamer to instant coffee. More worrisome: China ships milk-produced supplements, protein powders and shakes, which may be covered under the new rules, to the United States.
The new restrictions are expected to cause problems at U.S. ports, which move huge quantities of Chinese products. The new rules do not apply to egg and fish products, which are derived from animals often fed melamine-laced feed.