According to Wikipedia: "Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic used in Formica, and melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, housewares and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150, a colorant in inks and plastics."
The other day I heated up a tortilla in the microwave for one minute, on one of my kids' melamine Spiderman plates. When I went to eat it, my tortilla smelled so strong like chemicals that I had to throw it away and start over! And I know you aren't supposed to use them in the microwave, but people DO, and kids WILL.
Anyone want some Melamine plates and bowls?