At this time every year across the US, people are preparing for the perfect Thanksgiving day feast. Whether you are making tried and true favorites or trying a new recipe, buying the best ingredients is surely at the top of your list. But how do you know that you’re buying the very best for the ones you love?
Many consumers have concerns about artificial or harmful ingredients in their food products, especially when preparing special meals. At TestSharing, we’re investigating some popular Thanksgiving meal staples such as turkey, cranberries, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. We’ve sent a selection of products to our food testing labs to find out more.
What is it that we’re testing for? We’re testing for exactly those substances that consumers worry most about: pesticides, heavy metals and glyphosate. These elements are present in many products but may have higher or lower levels, which may indicate if a product is considered safe or not.
For example, there are minimum risk pesticides that are exempt from product registration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because they are deemed to pose little to no risk to health or environment. Sounds great – but the EPA generally does not review products that claim to meet the minimum risk criteria! It is up to the producer to evaluate their product to meet those guidelines (reference). But do they?
We’ll know soon enough…
- 15 November, 2018
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