What happened to food safety?

First salmonella in peanut butter, and now new reports have surfaced over the past few weeks about mercury found in high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup, often used as a replacement for sugar in packaged goods ranging from breads to dairy to condiments, has often been on the list of enemies among whole foods and health advocates. To counteract negative criticism over the use of HFCS, the Corn Refiners Association have come up with a slew of pro-HFCS commercials, advocating and reinforcing the safety of the sugar substitute. It is no surprise also, the representatives from CRA have negated the validity of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's study.

I don't know about you, but regardless of the conclusiveness of the results - which, by the way were based on items pulled from the shelves in fall 2008 - I am going to continue to stay away from HFCS. You don't mess around with mercury.

To see the list of products tested in the IATP study, click here.