The real travesty here though is that all of what I am going to tell you about could have been prevented. The FDA was made aware of the mercury contamination years ago, and did nothing. The opportunity was given to the Federal agency to DO WHAT IS MANDATED TO DO! Stop production of HFCS, recall all products made with the contaminated product, and keep the American public from exposure and consumption of Mercury. The USDA, the EPA and Dept of Energy, all list Mercury as a Class 1 neurotoxin, one that is cumulative, and unfortunately, widespread. And yes, the great and all powerful FDA also categorize Mercury the same way. They give advisories to limit consumption of fish that may contain Mercury. The FDA however, chose not to say one single word about the Mercury contamination POSITIVELY found in the manufacturing processes in making High Fructose Corn Syrup. In 2005 a very public study was published identifying not only Mercury in HFCS but also in 45% of the products plucked from store shelves. Source
Mercury poisoning is not something to trivialize. It is VERY serious. The fact that the stuff is cumulative makes it even more serious. Anyone that consumes large amounts of high on the food chain fish like Blue Fin Tuna, Shark, whales, Swordfish etc, are at higher risk of degenerative CNS problems. Now, innocuous everyday foodstuffs and drinks are tainted with Mercury. It is no longer a problem of a few upper class people that are able to afford to eat the fish species most at risk; it is now a problem for every person in America. Some of the problems associated with cumulative Mercury poisoning are:
-lack of self control
-fits of anger, with violent, irrational behavior
The overall question is who is liable? And now, seven years after the initial report has anything been done to stop further contamination? Not that I could find.
The world is a complex place, and it should be simple. I try to do what I can to limit my intake of toxins, the problem is that there are so many of them out there. Money is the driving force for allowing poisons into our food supply, the revolving door between the FDA and private agribusiness and tech companies shows the willingness of those entrusted to protect and safeguard the American food supply to put their mandate ahead of personal gains.