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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:46:00 10/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Trade Secretary Peter Favila has proposed tapping private laboratories to test milk products from China for melamine contamination to speed up the process.

Favila said the results of the tests would be available in a few days if these were outsourced, compared to leaving things up to the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), which is under the Department of Health (DoH).

The trade chief said he has discussed the matter with Health Secretary Francisco Duque, who is set to publish the names of 15 private testing centers.

“The BFAD has its own limitations manpower-wise, so I said the best cure there is to outsource,” Favila told reporters in Malacañang.

The BFAD has banned all milk products from China amid fears these could be contaminated with melamine, a toxic chemical used to make plastics and which can cause kidney failure.

Thousands of babies in China fell ill and a number died from taking melamine-laced milk.

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