Sometimes as I try to live a healthy, green, and non-toxic lifestyle, I have questions that need to be researched, but I don't always have time to research them. I'm betting that sometimes you feel that way too, so I thought that periodically here at the Booth we could all pool our collective knowledge and pick each others' brains. If you have a question that you'd like answered by the Green Phone Booth community, email me at greenphonebooth [at]gmail[dot]com
The Green Phone Booth received the following email a few weeks ago:
My children have lots of melamine dishes. How safe are they? Should I replace them? I don't really know what Melamine is, so I'd like your thoughts on it.Thanks!
As far as toxicity, melamine could cause reproductive damage, bladder or kidney stones, or cancer if ingested, but it seems like you'd have to be eating quite a bit daily. There was an outbreak of pet food recalls in 2007 when the US Food and Drug Administration found white granular melamine in pet food imported from a single source in China. There was also a scandal in 2008 when melamine was found in some infant formula, leading to a lot of sick kids and six deaths.
Like Michelle, I have some melamine dishes in my cupboards. These blue bowls I inherited from my parents, making them at least 20 years old. The plates are the ones my kids eat off of daily. I never thought to research what they are made of before, so thanks, Michelle.
What do you know about melamine? Can you tell me and Michelle anything else about the toxicity and whether or not we should be using dishes made of melamine?