Are there harmful levels of mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?
I was first alerted by this article which claims:
She was then promptly shipped a big vat of HFCS that was used as part of the study that showed that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing.
High fructose corn syrup is always found in very poor quality foods that are nutritionally vacuous and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals and even mercury.
A further web search turned up this 2009 article in Environ Health. Extract:
Mercury cell chlor-alkali products are used to produce thousands of other products including... high fructose corn syrup. A pilot study was conducted to determine if high fructose corn syrup contains mercury...
The samples were found to contain levels of mercury ranging from below a detection limit of 0.005 to 0.570 micrograms mercury per gram of high fructose corn syrup.
Is there any evidence to suggest mercury at the levels mentioned in the research above are at a harmful level and are uncommon as compared to other processed foods?