Thursday, March 19, 2009

Don't eat the box

Just when you thought the biggest health problems with some cereals are the high sugar content and artificial colors, etc., the European Food Safety Authority recently studied 4-methylbenzophenone, a compound used in setting the printing ink on breakfast cereal boxes. There was concern that this compound could be especially dangerous to children and could be a carcinogen.

The EFSA concluded that they have limited data to make solid conclusions, and that "short term consumption ... should not pose a risk to most people". The concern is that there could be migration of the substance from the packaging into the cereal itself.

So, to be safe, don't eat the box.

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