Mercury Rising

Not only is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) not good for us – despite how the corn refining companies dress it up, it’s still empty calories that we can do without – it’s found that up to 50% of it contains mercury.

Still, there is perhaps some light at the end of the tunnel. Last month 140 nations got together to develop an international treaty to phase out as much mercury use as possible. Not only that, but the U.S. was one of the leaders in pushing for this internationally binding legislation.

On the domestic front congress could help this by phasing out the use of mercury cell technology in domestic chlorine plants.

The U.S FDA should test HFCS for mercury content AND make those findings public.

We can all help, by cutting down on consumption of products containing HFCS.

The Scandal of Food Contamination

In the United States food is imported from around 150 countries.  Much of it is processed in those countries before it reaches the US, and there are almost  200,000 foreign processing plants involved.

In 2007, the US FDA checked less than 100 of them.

OK, so that’s overseas. What about here in the US itself. That’s got to be a whole lot better hasn’t it?

FDA Inspectors get around to each US food processor about once every ten years.

Makes you think about a couple of things.  Firstly, how come there aren’t many many more cases of contaminated food cases, and secondly, isn’t it a good idea to cut back on the consumption of  as much processed food as possible?