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Is Packaged Food Safe?

I read an interesting article on food packaging and the safety concerns most of us never think about. I have greatly reduced the amount of pre-packaged foods my family consumes, but there are still some valid concerns over what the boxes, bags and wrappers may contain. Here is a portion of the article:

— Packaging Digest, 7/23/2009 3:53:00 PM
Fourteen percent of retail packaging failed a screening test for toxic heavy metals and is likely in violation of state laws, according to a report just released by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH, or Clearinghouse). Imported products using flexible polyvinylchloride (PVC) packaging and the printing inks and colorants used on shopping and produce bags were most likely to contain these toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, known environmental and health hazards.

The report, An Assessment of Heavy Metals in Packaging: 2009 Update, found that lead concentrations detected in printing inks and colorants used on plastic bags were typically 20 times greater than the legal limit established by states. Toxics in packaging laws in 19 states prohibit the intentional use of any amount of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium. These laws also establish a maximum concentration limit of 100 parts per million (ppm) for the incidental, or unintentional, presence of the four metals combined.

Lead or cadmium were also found in 52% of flexible PVC packaging, mostly imported from China and Pakistan, making these imports the most likely to be in violation of state laws. Flexible PVC, a “heavy-duty” plastic material, is frequently used to package home furnishings, pet supplies, cosmetics, and inexpensive toys. Metals, including cadmium and lead compounds, can be used as heat and ultraviolet stabilizers in PVC resin to control degradation during processing and use.

These findings were based on the screening of over 400 packaging samples using x-ray fluorescent (XRF) analysis by the TPCH, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Aside from reading our product lables, it is time for us to all be concious in our purchasing decisions to include the entire process of production before we spend our money and place the food in our mouths.

~RawMa

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Do you know what’s in your food? Bugs!

I recently heard a report about an ingredient I never thought to look into. I stopped using products with food dyes a long time ago, but it didn’t occur to me just how many products have food dye in them.

This one takes the cake and makes me want to hurl!

Carmine: also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright red color obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep red color. Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, rouge, yogurt, cosmetics, food additives, and crimson ink.

Carmine may be prepared from cochineal, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid.

Carmine is used as a food dye in many different products such as juices, ice cream, yogurt, and candy, and as a dye in cosmetic products such as eyeshadow and lipstick. Although principally a red dye, it is found in many foods that are shades of red, pink, and purple. As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.

Food products containing carmine-based food dye may prove to be a concern for people who are allergic to carmine, or people who choose not consume any or certain animals, such as vegetarians and vegans. Many allergies can occur and some typical symptoms included itching, swelling of the eyes or tongue, difficulty breathing, hives, and headaches.

Getting to the point here, I have to advise myself and everyone else to not just read the labels, but investigate them as well. It’s no secret that we’re being duped, but let’s take a stand and stop buying these items that don’t offer full disclosure of their contents. The producers of these items, are in it for the money, not because they care about us or our health!

Shouldn’t I be able to decide for myself…eat bugs, or not? I choose NOT!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2009 in bugs, Carmine, Choices, concious, ingredients, money

 

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Raising money for a VitaMix

I have been on the raw path for 6 months and have made it this far without the Cadillac of all blenders. I can’t go on like this forever, so I decided to work on raising funds for my dream machine. All these months, I’ve been working with a super tiny food processor and personal blender that has no seal around it (I have to use saran wrap before twisting on the base so it doesn’t leak – pathetic). It’s no wonder I was so excited about the dehydrator. This time, it’s gonna really take some work to bring in the $499 needed for this wonderous kitchen appliance.

Here is where I need your help. I need useful practical ideas to raise these funds. No, I can’t get yet another job. Geez, there are only so many hours in a day! I want this to be a creative fundraising effort with Out-Of-The-Box thinking. Help me out here. I’m open to suggestions.

~RawMa

 

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