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Studies: corn syrup, other foods contaminated with mercury

January 28, 2009 by  

Some products with HFCS contains mercuryResearchers have discovered that U.S.-produced corn syrup contains high levels of a dangerous chemical element.

The study – conducted by a group led by a former FDA scientist Renee Dufault and published in the journal Environmental Health – found mercury in detectable quantities in nine of the 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that it tested.

Dufault said that although she informed the FDA of her findings, the agency failed to respond.

Taking the cue from her work, another group looked at common foods and beverages containing corn syrup and found that many of them, including barbecue sauce, yogurt and chocolate syrup, contained detectable mercury levels.

"We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," said Dr David Wallinga, a food safety researcher at the nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, who led the study.

In a statement, the Corn Refiners Association criticized the studies as inaccurate and "of dubious significance."

According to the Washington Post, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons of HFCS a day on average, but teens and other high consumers may take up to 80 percent more.

Exposure to mercury has been linked to brain damage in children.

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  • Eric g

    How is the mercury getting into the food ? Mercury is sometimes used as a catayalist to enhance chemical reactions . Or is the mercury coming in the air from coal fired power plants and being adsorbed by the plants ? Mercury, Cadmium and lead can be used to enhance the bleaching of flour , I shouldn’t think this would be done anymore . Also seed has been treated but thats illegal to process .
    The author of the artical said avoidable contamination . HOW??????

  • s c

    Americans must not buy anything that is laced with corn syrup or HFCS. That solves most of the problem. Food makers must be sued into obscurity. As long as they can make and sell inferior food products, Americans will suffer the consequences. The FDA is the chief criminal in this. Their message to us is ‘there’s not enough poison in these products to kill anyone fast.’ These products are ‘OK.’ In other
    words, as long as we put up with a slow death, there is ‘no problem.’ Americans are nothing but sheep to these predators. Defend yourselves, or get slaughtered by your ‘friends.’

    • The Insurgent (formerly: FRW)

      I agree with both of you guys, this poisoning the people should be stopped and immediately. NObama’s DeathCare and poisoned foods have connection: population control. Now abortion, homosexuality are not enough to reduce the newborns, they want to make sure that those who live will be amde sick and dependent on NObama’s death practicioners.

      • LocalYokel

        t seems it may have already begun 20 years ago between Arizona and the FDA when Arizona congressmen were promoting a natural plant product that composes 40% of all sweetener consumption in Japan. US Secretary of Defense had invested in aspartame and needed legislative protection for its sales.
        Discovery of absurd legislation protecting Monsanto’s genetically modified patents and controlling 85% of world food seed production is cause for even greater alarm. Legislated health care is rooted in guaranteed sales for declining pharmaceutical products. We know who is responsible for all legislation even if they don’t know.


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