OK, I just realized that on MY bottle from the store the Children's Multi says corn free, BUT the link I posted in the op does NOT say corn free. I just wrote to the company (again) about this!
And, here is a response from the company about the benzene issue:
|Thanks for your question. We have had this inquiry before, so i have attached a more detailed explanation and a lab test testing our product.|
Coincidentally, we have a new product for children just released that does not have benzoic acid in it: Liquid Health Complete Multiple for Children. It uses grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.
Let me know if you have any more questions. thanks
And the long response about benzene:
Re: Sodium Benzoate and ascorbic acid unlikely to produce benzene in Liquid Health products
A concern has been recently made public that products containing ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and Sodium or potassium benzoate may cause the production of the known carcinogen benzene. This issue has been known to the larger soda manufacturers for some time, but has only recently been revealed to smaller manufacturers and the general public. The following facts are important to consider when associating this concern with Liquid Health Products:
Experts agree that only products containing both a benzoate preservative and ascorbic acid may produce benzene. By themselves, these two ingredients do not lead to the formation of benzene.
Most of Liquid Health's products contain Ester-C (sodium ascorbate) as its source of vitamin-C. No evidence has been found that Ester-C combined with a benzoate preservative has ever formed benzene.
The only products containing ascorbic acid and potassium or sodium benzoate are: Daily Multiple, Women's Multiple, K-9 Glucosamine & HA and Level 5000 Glucosamine.
Soda is consumed in large amounts (up to 72 oz. per day.) As a dietary supplement, Liquid Health product's doses are usually around 1 oz. per day.
Studies suggest that light and heat may increase the chance of benzene production in products. Liquid Health products are all cold-processed and utilize new packaging designed to help negate the effect of light and heat.
Benzene actually occurs naturally in mangos and cranberries. Of the 150 products tested by The Food Standards Agency that contain ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate, only a few were found to have benzene, and those at low levels. It is a hypothesis, not a fact, that sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid are the cause of benzene occurrences in these products. To assume that this hypothesis holds true for every product containing these ingredients is illogical and irresponsible.
One might question why a company would put sodium benzoate in your product in the first place. The answer to this question is to protect the consumer. Sodium benzoate has a strong ability to kill bacteria in drinks and has a superior safety record to any other preservative. Even with these new findings, the benefits of this ingredient far outweigh the risks associated with it.
Not withstanding these precautions, Liquid Health takes any possibility that its products may contain harmful substances very seriously. Testing is currently being done to test if unsafe levels of benzene are present in our products that contain ascorbic acid. Our daily multiple has been tested for benzene content by an independent lab. The results indicated that there was less than 1ppb (part per billion) of benzene in our product. The FDA recommends that there be less than 5 ppb. In the meantime, proper precautions (as described above) are being made to diminish the possibility of benzene forming in our products.
V.P of Product Development
Also, he sent me a form that had test results, stating that one gallon of the Liquid Health Daily Multiple had < 1.00 PPB.
|Benzene by Headspace GCMS < 1 .00 PPB|
I'll post more findings on the corn issue when I get them...I asked about corn in both the children's multi and the children's complete multi...We'll see!