Mercury was found in over a third of processed food products tested, the source of the mercury is contaminated high fructose corn syrup.
One of the researchers, Renee Dufalt, led inquiry into the possibility that HFCS contained mercury while working with the FDA in 2005.
The FDA did nothing to inform consumers about the mercury in the last four years.
Two other very common food additives are also manufactured with mercury cell technology; citric acid and sodium benzoate. These additives have not yet been tested.Learn why this is a HUGE health issue here.
Interestingly, President Obama introduced legislation in 2007 to end the use of mercury cell technology while still a senator. It’s time to ask him to reintroduce this bill. The technology is outdated and is completely unnecessary to use in manufacturing. This issue was avoidable. Write your representatives and President Obama and ask that this legislation be reintroduced and passed. The name of the bill is S. 1818 Missing Mercury in Manufacturing Monitoring and Mitigation Act.
It is also time to ask the new FDA administrators to be accountable. In China, perpetrators in the recent tainted milk issue were sentenced to death in two cases and life imprisonment for others. The least we could expect in our country should be legal action that holds the manufacturers and FDA administration accountable. Imagine what would happen if we imposed a death sentence here, or at least a civil suit.
If you would like names of who was running the EPA in 2005 when the agency knew about the mercury issue anddid nothing, here they are: Stephen Johnson and Micheal Leavitt.
There are four high fructose corn syrup plants in the U.S. that still use mercury cell technology. Here are their names and contact information. Go ahead, give them a call, email or letter and tell them what you think.
- Olin Corporation, www.olin.com and www.olinchloralkali.com, 2402 Doug Barnard Pkwy, Augusta, GA 30906, (706) 798-1510
- Ashta Chemicals Inc, www.ashtachemicals.com, 3509 Middle Rd, Ashtabula, OH, (440) 997-5221
- PPG Industries in New Martinsville, West Virginia, www.ppg.com, Natrium Chemical Plant, State Route 2, Natrium, WV 26155, (304) 455-2200. PPG also has the dubious distinction of one of the “Filthy Five” by Oceana.org, primarily for mercury pollution (PDF).
- Erco Worldwide is the fourth company. They are currently in the process of converting to mercury-free technology.
As consumers, we can also quit buying products containing HFCS.
We can also call or write the manufacturers of these products and let them know we quit buying their product until we know it is safe. If we all emailed just one manufacturer a day, I bet it would get some response. Go ahead, write them, blog about it. Use names.