frog: The Principles Of Good Design
China was plagued with melamine-infused, water-diluted milk in an attempt to inflate the volute of milk that killed and sickened many. Design company frog uses this example to warn that even a complex design process needs to be founded on good intentions.
In 2008, China went through one of the most severe food scandals of recent time. Milk producers had mixed the industrial chemical Melamine, normally used in adhesive, plastic, and fertilizer, into milk. In an attempt to inflate the volume of milk produced it was diluted with water. The Melamine was added to trick the quality tests to perceive the milk water mix as 100% milk since the chemical reads as a protein in certain tests. Instead of providing the expected nutrition children who drank the milk got kidney damage. 300,000 children were sickened and several died.