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Melamine in soup bowls may seep into our bodies?

Melamine, a chemical found in bowls, plates and other tableware may leach into our food and make its way into our bodies, potentially raising risks for health problems.

That's what a new study of soup-eaters suggests. Taiwanese researchers enlisted a group of 12 healthy men and women who ate noodle soup in either a bowl made of ceramic or one made of melamine. They found measurable levels of the chemical additive in the urine of those eating out of the melamine bowl.

"The amount of melamine released into food and beverages from melamine tableware varies by brand, so the results of this study of one brand may not be generalized to other brands," wrote the study's authors, led by Dr. Chia-Fang Wu, a researcher at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. "Although the clinical significance of what levels of urinary melamine concentration has not yet been established, the consequences of long-term melamine exposure still should be of concern," they concluded.

The study was published Jan. 21 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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