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Kuwait Bans Melmac

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Today on the front page of the Kuwait Times is the announcement of a ban by the Ministry of Commerce on selling any goods containing melamine, stating it was “based on information received from the Customs Department and office of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and has to do with melamine containing urea formaldehyde, which is banned” because it is “believed to be harmful to health.”

I was so curious, I had to Google “Melamine kitchenware + danger” because, to the best of my knowledge, Kuwait is now the only country in the entire world to ban melamine.

Melamine appeared in dog and cat food, and is believed to have been the cause of some early poisonings in the US, but as far as I can see, that came from insecticides, not from eating off melmac.

On the same front page is an article about hundreds of camels dropping dead in Saudi Arabia, also believed poisoned by a insecticide contaminated feed. Is there some relationship?

It isn’t an issue in our house; we don’t have melamine. But I have this irrational fondness for Melmac, because there used to be a show called Alf, about an alien that lived with an American family, and he was from the planet Melmac, which always cracked me up. I can’t imagine the generations of Americans – and others – who have eaten off Melmac dishes without any serious effects. How can this be? Is Melmac now formulated differently from before? Are Melmac plate users going to succumb to some serious problems because they ate off Melmac plates?

And why is Kuwait the only country in the world banning Melmac?

August 26, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Cooking, Customer Service, Health Issues, Kuwait, News, Technical Issue

18 Comments »

  1. Two reasons:
    1. stupidity immersed in ignorance
    2. We love banning stuff

    Comment by shosho | August 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. What IS Melmac? I never heard of it.

    Eileen
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)
    elementaryteacher.wordpress.com

    Comment by elementaryteacher | August 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. well, Alf also ate cats, so in a way, Melmac kills cats…….!!!

    Comment by EXzombie | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. ShoSho – LOOOOOOLLLLLLLL! I’m just wondering, though, if there is any scientific evidence that shows that eating off Melmac is bad for you?

    Eileen, Melmac is an inexpensive brand of plastic dishes kind of stuff. Not the disposable kind, an every day kind. It is lightweight, and somehow, I think of it as mostly beige, but I am sure it also came in aqua and pink. Very inexpensive stuff.

    EXZombie – No! Alf would LIKE to eat cats if he could catch them, but I don’t think he ever caught one! Or at least not in any program I saw. Oh, it just brings back so many laughs – like Alf and the huge phone bill. What a disaster! He was so funny!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  5. Scientists here are bored. They haven’t taken that contact lens solution of the shelves yet.

    But decided to harass poor Alf..I love that lil thing! I’d gladly feed him some Mouse & Gabriella fillets anytime!

    Comment by Я | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  6. R! Hush! If your poor little kitties hear you say that, they might get depressed!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  7. R! Hush! If your poor little kitties hear you say that, they might get depressed!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2007 | Reply

  8. Note to Elijah – I found two of your comments in SPAM – I am so sorry! I was shocked, I don’t know why WordPress sent you there. And then, when I de-spammed you, WordPress deleted all the comments and did not de-spam yours. Please try again!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 29, 2007 | Reply

  9. 😦 i didnt know what was wrong, thought u gave up on me *sniffs*

    I only said how much I loved Alf ans the way he always wanted to eat that cat 🙂

    Comment by Elijah | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  10. OH lol i just remembered it was about melamine, ya a friend of mine was saying that they said only cheap melamine is harmful, but I don’t know whether that’s true or not.

    YAY i wasn’t spammed 🙂

    Comment by Elijah | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  11. Elijah – this time you got through with no problem! I don’t know what was going on, habeebti! I even de-spammed you, but it never appeared in comments and it disappeared from spam. But sometimes things just go a little wonky, you know?

    Are you still teaching or did school stop for August and when do you start back again?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  12. I was on vacation for 3 weeks, went to Italy 🙂

    Back now but classes start tomorrow, not school though, I teach at an oil company, grown ups, yep those silly things that go on in class are said by fully grown men! 😀

    Comment by Elijah | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  13. Oh yeh! the guys with all the wives! Elijah, are they good students, or do they kind of blow off the English lessons?

    In the US, there are some religious sects that the men believe it is wrong to take instruction from a woman. Do you ever run into anything like that?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  14. […] Intlxpatr talks about another ban in Kuwait – and this time the victim is melamine. “Today on the front page of the Kuwait Times is the announcement of a ban by the Ministry of Commerce on selling any goods containing melamine, stating it was “based on information received from the Customs Department and office of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and has to do with melamine containing urea formaldehyde, which is banned” because it is ‘believed to be harmful to health,” he writes. […]

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  15. Naaa they love me 🙂 They even go to the big boss and request that I teach them.

    I know how to deal with them religious/non religious. I have ones that I haven’t taught that come to chat with me 🙂

    Comment by Elijah | September 2, 2007 | Reply

  16. […] المدون Intlxpatr عن حظر من نوع آخر في الكويت وهذه المرة الضحية هي أواني […]

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  17. Woooo Hoooooo, Elijah! I am guessing that they are very very lucky to have you for a teacher, and they are smart enough to know it!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 3, 2007 | Reply

  18. […] Intlxpatr talks about another ban in Kuwait – and this time the victim is melamine. “Today on the front page of the Kuwait Times is the announcement of a ban by the Ministry of Commerce on selling any goods containing melamine, stating it was “based on information received from the Customs Department and office of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and has to do with melamine containing urea formaldehyde, which is banned” because it is ‘believed to be harmful to health,” he writes. […]

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