March 11, 2011- San Francisco Chronicle- Cameron Scott from “The Thin Green Line,” reported a very interesting story about a government robot testing for safety of additives. According to Scott’s article, out of the 80,000 plus chemicals found in drugs, foods, and consumer products, a mere 13 percent of them undergo safety testing in the United States. This is an amazing and scary statistic.
To help solve this problem, the EPA, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program, announced the use of a new robot. That can help make us all safer. This high speed robot will be able to test 10,000 different chemicals to see if they are toxic or not; A process that would have been cost-prohibitive to do manually before.
I find it amazing that they do not test ALL chemicals and additives. How do they decide which ones to test, and which ones to leave out?
Thank goodness our super screening, food additive, super hero robot who can hopefully help us move in the right direction toward better food safety.
Don’t forget, opting for healthy baking is a wonderful way to avoid consuming any food additives. Since processed baked goods are loaded with them.