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Posted on Jan 27, 2009 in Blog | 3 comments

Mercury mercury everywhere.

Mercury found in high fructose corn syrup. Which is found in basically every packaged product in the grocery store.

Just another example of what happens when you treat your food like an industrial supply chain.


  1. I’m no fan of HFCS, but this “study” that found mercury in it is beyond a joke – there’s no way the absolutely tiny amounts of mercury found could be harmful to humans. There’s not a shred of evidence to show the tiny amount mercury in the samples got into it by anything but natural causes (it’s not like the much higher and more worrying mercury levels in some species of fish). With today’s instruments we can find the tiniest amounts of any chemical in anything, mercury is part of the environment and always has been, long before we started polluting the biosphere, and it seems that’s all that this beat up has found. HFCS has plenty of problems but mercury contamination isn’t one of them.

  2. Mercury…isn’t that the bouncy liquid candy that comes in thermometers?

  3. Oh, here we go again. It’s kind of like the argument with parabens — such tiny quantities aren’t going to kill anybody. Same with BPA.

    But think about it — parabens are EVERYWHERE. Dishwashing soap, shampoo, lotions, toothpaste, sunscreen — just about anything and everything you put externally on your body unless otherwise noted. Those small quantities add up.

    The same goes for mercury.

    Look, dude — the reason why this is alarming is because mercury is so incredibly toxic. And not only is this neurotoxin present in most seafood we consume, but it’s also used as a preservative for most vaccines. (Usually called thimerosal, but also goes by other names as well.)

    There’s been a recent ruling that admitted that there was a strong link between the huge and sudden rise in autism and vaccination in children.

    The thing is — what the hell is mercury doing in HFCS in the first place? (Or vaccines, for that matter.)

    It kind of makes you wonder where else it’s hiding.