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Bloomberg Publishes Article Linking Chemicals in Scents to Cancer, Birth Defects

Bloomberg Publishes Article Linking Chemicals in Scents to Cancer, Birth Defects

Bloomberg recently published an article citing concerns raised by the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners about the host of unlisted ingredients in commonly used household cleaners, particularly the ones used in the perfumes and scents. According to the report, more than a quarter of the ingredients identified in the products most extensively tested contained substances linked to cancer and to respiratory, developmental and reproductive problems. The article points out that fragrance makers often use cheaper synthetic ingredients rather than natural ones. Currently, there are no laws or regulations requiring companies to disclose what ingredients go into scents, perfumes, and fragrances. Read the entire article here:

Greenerways products including our bug repellents, mosquito zones, cleaners and more do not make use of artificial scents.

McDonald’s drops use of gooey ammonia-based ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat

McDonald’s drops use of gooey ammonia-based ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat

By M. Alex Johnson,

McDonald’s announced last week that, as of last August, it has stopped using ammonium hydroxide in the production of its hamburgers. MSNBC reports that the chemical, used in fertilizers, household cleaners, and even homemade explosives, was also used to prepare McDonalds’ hamburger meat.

And while the announcement is making headlines, you may (or may not) want to know about some other unusual chemicals being used in the production of some of our most-popular foods:

The International Business Times lists some other questionable chemicals showing up in our foods:

  • Propylene glycol: This chemical is very similar to ethylene glycol, a dangerous anti-freeze. This less-toxic cousin prevents products from becoming too solid. Some ice creams have this ingredient; otherwise, you’d be eating ice.
  • Carmine: Commonly found in red food coloring, this chemical comes from crushed cochineal, small red beetles that burrow into cacti. Husks of the beetle are ground up and forms the basis for red coloring found in foods ranging from cranberry juice to M&Ms.
  • Shellac: Yes, this chemical used to finish wood products also gives some candies their sheen. It comes from the female Lac beetle.
  • L-cysteine: This common dough enhancer comes from hair, feathers, hooves, and bristles.
  • Lanolin (gum base): Next time you chew on gum, remember this. The goopiness of gum comes from lanolin, oils from sheep’s wool that is also used for vitamin D3 supplements.
  • Silicon dioxide: Nothing weird about eating sand, right? This anti-caking agent is found in many foods including shredded cheese and fast food chili.

So, what moved McDonald’s to make the change in their hamburger production? In a statement posted on its website, McDonald’s senior director of quality systems Todd Bacon wrote:

“At the beginning of 2011, we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers.  This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year. This decision was a result of our efforts to align our global standards for how we source beef around the world.”

The U.S. Agriculture Department classifies the chemical as “generally recognized as safe.” McDonald’s says they stopped using the chemical months ago and deny the move came after a public campaign against ammonium hydroxide by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

You can watch a video of Jamie Oliver showing the process of using ammonium hydroxide on meat here:


The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which allows McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”

On his show, Oliver said of the meat treatment: “Basically we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it ‘fit’ for humans.”

Even more disturbing, St. Louis-based dietician Sarah Prochaska told NBC affiliate KSDK that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.

“It’s a process, from what I understand, called ‘mechanically separated meat’ or ‘meat product,'” Prochaska said.  “The only way to avoid it would be to choose fresher products, cook your meat at home, cook more meals at home.”

The Bitter Truth About Splenda

The Bitter Truth About Splenda

This one is too disturbing not to share…

So, if you think about it, what is really a few atoms from being DDT? Apparently, it’s Splenda.

My gut was literally in a twist as I read this article. Let’s get this going viral, folks! Once we are educated on what Splenda truly is, then we all make our own informed choices to consume it — or not.

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