In the yikes! department, I heard of the massive cereal recall two weeks ago. Kellogg's recalled 28 million boxes of Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks after customers complained of what the cereal maker called an "off-taste and smell" that caused "nausea and diarrhea" in some people.
Well, to add to that, the Environmental Working Group has just shared that the substance is "a petroleum based compound that appears to be a breakdown product of chemicals used in the cereal box liners."
The Environmental Working Group reports that the compound is called methylnaphthalene, and there are lots of questions about its safety. The FDA and industry groups have been studying this chemical to determine if it is safe.
And we know that those industry funded studies have in many cases been far from accurate. Take BPA, phthalates, and flame retardants, as examples. And we also know that the FDA is massively understaffed and underfunded. Read more...