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Mercury-Containing Food List: Even In Coke, But NOT In Pepsi!

Mercury found in foods containing high fructose corn syrup:

Total mercury detected in 55 brand name foods and beverages high in HFCS
Product Name Total mercury detected (ppt) Laboratory detection limit (ppt)

Quaker Oatmeal to Go 350 80
Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Sauce (Heinz) 300 100
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup 257 50
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce 200 100
Nutri‐Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars 180 80
Manwich Bold Sloppy Joe 150 80
Market Pantry Grape Jelly 130 80
Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly 100 80
Pop‐Tarts Frosted Blueberry 100 80
Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup 87 50
Wish‐Bone Western Sweet & Smooth 72 50
Coca‐Cola Classic 62 50
Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt 60 20
Minute Maid Berry Punch 40 30
Yoo‐hoo Chocolate Drink 30 20
Nesquik Chocolate Milk 30 20
Kemps Fat Free Chocolate Milk 30 20


Hy‐Top Syrup ND 50
Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red ND 50
NOS High Performance Energy Drink ND 50
A & W Root Beet ND 30
Dr. Pepper ND 30
Wyler’s Italian Ices ND 30
Market Pantry Ice Pops ND 30
Kool‐Aid Bursts Tropical Punch ND 30
Kool‐Aid Cherry Jammers ND 30
Sunny‐D ND 30
Snapple Peach Iced Tea ND 30
Powerade Orange ND 30
Lipton Green Tea ND 30
Zoo Juice Orange ND 30
Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast ND 30
Fanta Orange ND 30
Pepsi ND 30
7‐Up ND 30
Hi‐C Wild Cherry ND 30
Jell‐O Strawberry ND 100
Market Pantry Applesauce ND 100
Mott’s Applesauce ND 100
Campbell’s Tomato Soup ND 100
Aunt Jemima Original Syrup ND 100
Hershey’s Caramel Syrup ND 100
Hershey’s Strawberry Syrup ND 100
Market Pantry Thousand Island ND 100
Smucker’s Strawberry Syrup ND 100
Heinz Hotdog Relish ND 100
Market Pantry Cranberry Sauce ND 100
Market Pantry Tomato Soup ND 100
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce ND 100
Mrs. Butterworth Original Syrup ND 100
Heinz Tomato Ketchup ND 100
Wish‐Bone Thousand Island Dressing ND 100
Welch’s Grape Jelly ND 100
Nesquik Strawberry Milk ND 20
Land O’ Lakes Chocolate Milk ND 20

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Come on Steve

parts per trillion? You'll probably find ppt in the air you breathe....it's an abundant element.

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So would you say that the amounts in the above list are probably normal?


thanks for sharing!

How come

Coke has a limit of 50 and Pepsi has a limit of 30?

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it looks like maybe only the first several products were found to contain mercury. the two numbers after the item indicate the amount in found in the sample, followed by the allowable 'limit' for that product. beginning with 'hy-top syrup', the amount found in the sample is 'ND', probably means 'none detected'.

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Thanks Liberty: I changed this thread. I missed that important

point. Thank you for picking up that information. We are all in this together and accurate reporting is so important, especially these days. Great pick up, my mistake.

Is mercury somehow used to produce corn syrup?

I know nothing of high fructose corn syrup other than it is cheaper than real cane sugar. Do they use mercury as part of the processing?

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In the link, but read answer below.

In making HFCS, caustic soda is used, among other things, to separate corn starch from the corn kernel. For decades, HFCS has been made using
mercury-grade caustic soda produced in industrial chlorine (chlor-alkali) plants. The use of mercury cells to produce caustic soda can contaminate caustic soda, and ultimately HFCS, with mercury.