Re: Two possible Cancer Carcinogens
Posted by Southern Man on Apr 27, 2002 at 09:09
Re: Two possible Cancer Carcinogens (Mike Kremer)
As usual, the US media reported this study with dire warnings against McDonald’s french fries. A local station even sent a reporter to a local fast food outlet to interview customers on their opinion of french fries as the cause of a rise in cancer deaths. Yet acrylamide, was found by the researchers in carbohydrate-rich foods that had been baked as well as fried. The bread of the bun is just as “dangerous” as the fries when it comes to acrylamide.
From the levels found and the widespread prevalence, it would appear that acrylamide must not be a carcinogen in humans at the levels humans typically ingest.
As the referenced article says; "If you banned everything that causes cancer in animals, there'd be nothing left to eat." Yet the Delaney Clause was law in the US for almost 40 years. The Delaney Clause banned the sale in the US of any food that contained even one molecule of a chemical that had been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals at any level. It took 38 years to get this nonsense out of the law and now we see that in 30 years neither the EPA nor the FDA hasn’t bothered to test the levels of acrylamide in food before banning it.
This study should teach us two things. 1. The media has no interest in reporting scientific fact when there is a sensational story to be told that reinforces the accepted environmentalist dogma. And, 2. The US government doesn’t bothered to test for the prevalence of naturally occurring elements in the environment before forcing companies to invest in equipment to remove them from products.
When will we learn to trust the scientific community to tell us what to avoid rather than place our trust in those who care only for the promotion of their political/monetary agendas? As a start, when will be stop believing everything we hear on the television about the impending end of the world?
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