The Washington Post is reporting on two recent studies published in Environmental Health which found that "almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient."
This is particularly problematic given the high amount of high fructose corn syrup consumed by the average child, teenager, and adult in the United States -- 12 daily teaspoons on average!
Adding to the controversy are rumblings that the lead author of one study alerted the Food & Drug Administration about this situation several years ago but, for reasons not disclosed by her, these findings were apparently not taken very seriously.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy -- which participated in both studies -- is actively pushing for immediate changes in manufacturing that would not taint high fructose corn syrup with the infamous heavy metal.
Yet another bullet point for the ever-expanding "important issues in food safety" list...
And, more importantly, even more of a reason to limit the amount of processed, nutritionally inferior food (which is usually laden with added sugars, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup.)
PS: Thank you to reader Dennise O'Grady for providing me with the second link in this post.