hey kids, have some yummy mercury!

High-fructose corn syrup is contaminated with mercury. So, in addition to obesity, now HFCS is poisoning us. You might want to check your pantry for the following products that tested positive for the toxic chemical (figure after colon is total mercury detected ppt):

Quaker Oatmeal to Go: 350 ppt

Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce (Heinz): 300 ppt

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup: 257 ppt

Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce: 200 ppt

Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars: 180 ppt

Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe: 150 ppt

Market Pantry Grape Jelly: 130 ppt

Smucker's Strawberry Jelly: 100 ppt

Pop-Tarts Frosted Blueberry: 100 ppt

Hunt's Tomato Ketchup: 87 ppt

Wish-Bone Western Sweet & Smooth: 72 ppt

COCA-COLA CLASSIC: 62 ppt (times how many cans you drink per day)

Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt: 60 ppt

Minute Maid Berry Punch: 40 ppt

Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink: 30 ppt

Nesquik Chocolate Milk: 30 ppt

Kemps Fat Free Choclate Milk: 30 ppt

When will food processors realize that poisoning its customers just AIN'T GOOD BUSINESS? What, do they have “the only good consumer is a dead consumer” posters up in their boardrooms? Maybe “With a Name like Smucker's, it has to be Mercury!” Effing a-holes. China sentenced two of the people in the contaminated milk scandal to death. Maybe it's time we call the heads of corporations to task for their literally toxic business practices.

4 thoughts on “hey kids, have some yummy mercury!

  1. this is one of many reasons I like the food in Switzerland. Amazingly expensive but doesn't make you sick —they actually test and enforce their food regulations about mercury, dioxins, hormones, etc. A friend here was amazed to find out American chickens are normally dunked in chlorinated water as part of the processing–its not allowed in the EU, as you are supposed to keep your processing plant and line clean enough not to need the extra chlorination! I will point out that mercury and other toxins (cadmium, lead, etc) can normally be found in a lot of places if you look at the ppb and ppt levels. The problem is no one in regulatory worlds adds up all the different places! Katherine

  2. I was getting worried about these reports, but just came across this and thought I'd pass it along. Key blurb:
    But an important fact the media has left out of this story is that elemental mercury is not a health threat when ingested (or handled) because virtually none (less than 0.1%) is absorbed through the digestive tract (or skin).
    “The body does not readily absorb liquid mercury through the skin or stomach,” according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. A fact confirmed by every scientific agency. “Virtually no elemental mercury is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract or by the skin,” said the ATSDR.
    So, the 0.113 ppm of mercury purportedly in HFCS makes even less sense to panic over. Even more, it’s biologically implausible for 0.000113 part per million that might be digested to be dangerous. We’d have to eat impossible quantities to get enough to worry about.

  3. Which is, on the face of it, mostly a relief, but I have to wonder, even if the mercury doesn't go through my stomach, does it transfer to the breastmilk I give my baby? And why is there mercury in HFCS, anyway? And, if there's mercury in HFCS, what else is in the processed foods we eat?
    Based on the fact that the salmonilla (sp, I know) peanut problem could have been a non-issue had the company accepted the first positive test of that disease, rather than sending it out to be re-tested, I am concerned that we're getting too much lip service from our food providers.
    PG&E told the people of Wherever that Hexavalent Chromium was good for them. I don't think I'm being paranoid.

  4. My completely un-medicine schooled guess would be that if it isn't absorbed by your digestive system, it wouldn't get passed through breast milk. And even if it did, what percentage that did wouldn't get absorbed in your kid's digestive system.
    I agree that there is a long history of companies saying their products are “safe” when they aren't (cigarettes, anyone?), but it seems there is a difference here in that science is saying, “We can show that mercury isn't absorbed in the digestive system” as opposed to there either a) not being any science behind it (smoking) or b) companies knew it was bad, but didn't do anything about it (later smoking).

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