Thursday, December 29, 2005

Kids' candy - leaded or unleaded?

News just in from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it will be tightening the amount of lead allowed in children's candy.

[Carmi pauses to shake his head and bemusedly mutter a three-word obscenity starting with "what the..." There, I'm over it. I'll continue.]

I simply want to know who allowed lead in kids' candy in the first place? What other noxious stuff is going into their - and our - food?

Please let me know if I'm the only one who finds this somewhat - OK, extremely - disturbing.

9 comments:

Courtney said...

Completely disturbing. Maybe that's what's triggering the rise in kids with learning disabilities. Good god, what is this world coming to?

Plumkrazzee said...

I second the WT? sentiment. I have to admit, I'm not a close follower of what my son puts in his mouth, although JELLO is outlawed in my home. (watched a documentary once) Yikes!

Knockoff said...

You're right - who knew?! This is crazy.

Sandy said...

You know, I'm not even going to ask. I'm just going to shake my head and use this as an excuse to resist the sweet tooth.

sxKitten said...

I shared your WTF? reaction. Then I noticed the article says sugar itself contains lead, which caused another WTF? moment. I thought sugar was good old C6-H12-O6 - no room for lead in that formula.

Are there no safe vices anymore?

Shelli said...

WHAT?! There was a huge to-do a few years ago because there was the tiniest amount of a mercury related preservative in some vaccines. Those are necessary. I don't get this. I don't understand how the companies are getting away with having lead in their candy.

Krista said...

EXTREMELY disturbing indeed!
What is this??? Its not GASOLINE for crying out loud! Sometimes the world dumbfounds me.

Backfire aka Plucky said...

Yipes! And here I was, just worrying about the hormones in the dairy & meats. Now I have to worry about the candy too. This world is nuts.

Plain Jane said...

I suppose I might find this a little disturbing if I didn't already know about the "permissible" percentage of rats limbs, bugs, spiders and other assorted grotesque things that are allowed in processed foods.