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#1 of 4 Old 05-02-2013, 12:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Calif-sues-Lead-in-candied-ginger-plum-4481357.php

 

I wonder how lead gets into our food supply?


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I wonder too. I just read the article. it's unfortunate that none of the stores had anything to say in response.

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I feel like lead in soil can be absorbed by plants. We've had lead removed from gasoline since the '70s, but in other countries there may still be really high soil contamination from gasoline, as well as other sources... I'm guessing the ginger and plums in question were produced outside of the USA.


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Someone suggested the lead could be in the soil in foreign countries due to gasoline from cars, etc. I read somewhere that when mining for certain metals in many poor countries (countries with little regulation and lots of corruption) they use a lot of lead in the process. Perhaps these countries also grow fruits and vegetables that are then sent to the US to be made into candy? It will be interesting to hear the source of the contamination.

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