High Fructose Corn Syrup contaminated with Mercury

This is disgraceful on so many levels. First melamine in our food supply… and now this. How do we trust anyone at this point with the food we buy and feed to our families? Why does this keep happening? and for crying out loud, where the hell is the FDA? (Not like I have any faith in them anymore, but come on! Side note: this is what kills me about people too — they have blinders on to this stuff, to this blatant failure of a system that we believe is protecting us from these kinds of things in our food and drugs — but yet, most people see this and see the problem, but bring up vaccines and the FDA’s failure to protect our kids – and wow, the FDA becomes the equivalent of the holy grail.)

So, in light of this report, I have thrown away the food products which tested positive for mercury on this list. My beloved bottle of heinz ketchup – gone. My smuckers strawbelly jelly – gone. My hershey’s chocolate syrup – gone. The list goes on and on. I will be writing to each of these companies to let them know they have lost a customer – and you should really do the same. Until we stand up and demand better food products instead of ones laden with High Fructose Corn Syrup and send clear messages to those companies to keep cranking out this crap they call food – nothing will ever change.

On another note, I would like to thank the IATP, Heinz, Smuckers and Hershey for giving me the final kick in the ass I needed to permanently remove this crap from our diets. New rule in our house, if it says HFCS on the label, it’s not being purchased.

From the: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Two new papers look at the presence of mercury in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). An article in Environmental Health finds mercury in commercial HFCS. An IATP study finds mercury in common foods and beverages.

Not So Sweet: Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup Report | Jan 26 | PDF

Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds Press release | Jan 26 | PDF

Environmental Health article

Table A: Total mercury detected in 55 brand-name foods and beverages high in HFCS. PDF

PS: I just wanted to add that there was no detectable amount of mercury in the Heinz ketchup in the bottle that was tested, but I still decided to throw it away. From the study, it’s like playing russian roulette where not all items are made with the HFCS that contains mercury. It seems like a problem of what source the manufacturer uses at a given time — in addition to the fact that other heinz products did have mercury – I will not take the chance on eating it any longer. This was not a huge study – so perhaps they grabbed the bottle of ketchup which was not contaminated, and the bottle behind that one on the shelf (or in another store entirely) is contaminated. Removing the consumption of foods with HFCS can only be good for us – I am so sick of what is passed off as acceptable when it comes to our food supply and health.

More reading from Natural News:
High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Toxic Mercury, Says Research (opinion)

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