Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Looks yummy--into the blender with it

…Did you know the FDA has real, human women cooking up America’s favorite dishes in a church kitchen in Missouri--so they can pull them apart and see if any contaminants got in?

…Sometimes the women think it’s a waste of food. But they follow the FDA’s recipes to the letter.

…The ingredients are purchased in a range of cities.

…Four times a year, FDA employees go to the store in different cities and spend $3,000 per city on food.

…The ladies, who are in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s, cook it into meatloaf, cookies, all the favorites, as specified by the govt. Then giant blenders grind the results into mush to be tested for 300 pesticides, dioxins, metals like mercury, and industrial chemicals.

…They also count nutrients, such as folate, in the food.

…A few parts per billion—equivalent to a kernel of corn in a silo 45 feet tall—can be picked up.

…This is nothing compared with what falls in later from messy kitchens or disaffected waitstaff, but we appreciate the effort, ladies.

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