In The Foods We Eat

by beagooddad on January 27, 2009

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Mercury is back in the news again. It appears that there is some debate about whether mercury is in High-fructose corn syrup based on a couple studies.

Two things that I wondered when I read it are:
1) How much did they find?
2) How much is dangerous?

I read a few articles and none of them mentioned either. But people were chattering all over the internet about it. Later tonight I found this article that said the study found mercury in 1/3 of the 55 foods that were tested. The mercury levels were between 30 and 350 parts per trillion. Apparently the FDA starts taking action when the mercury level is 1.0 parts per million.

That would mean that the amount they found in the HFCS is nowhere near where the FDA starts to get alarmed.

So a non-issue once you actually throw numbers at the story. But that’s no fun to write about.

At least we still have our salmonella problem.

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