Thursday, May 21, 2009

Congress moves to end mercury contamination in U.S. food supply

The bill points out that mercury and mercury compounds are toxic to humans, wildlife and ecosystems.

Following recent revelations that the Food and Drug Administration found mercury contamination in 45% of tested samples taken from manufacturing sites of high fructose corn syrup in 2005 and then sat on the information, Congress has submitted bill H.R. 2190 to severely limit the use of mercury in the United States. The bill is called the “Mercury Pollution Reduction Act of 2009.” Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) is the sponsor of the bill.

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