THANKSGIVING MEAL REVEAL
At this time every year across the US, people are preparing for the perfect Thanksgiving day feast. Whether you’re making your grandmother’s favorite apple pie, or trying out the new stuffing 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 additives or harmful chemicals in their food products, especially when preparing special meals for the family. Pesticides, heavy metals, and glyphosate are examples of these harmful chemicals found in food. 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 what kind of chemicals can be hidden in these foods.
The types of chemicals we test for at TestSharing are suppose to be regulated by powerful government systems, to protect us from the health repercussions that we’re at risk for when consuming toxins. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are all involved with regulation of chemicals in foods. There are many flaws of these government systems, but the biggest problems are within the current regulatory standards and methods used today. For example, there are some chemicals that fall under the category entitled “minimum risk”, that are exempt from product registration with the EPA, because they are deemed to pose little to no risk to health or environment. While this might sound relieving at first, the truth is that the EPA generally does not review products that claim to meet the minimum risk criteria due to outdated guidelines that were created in the 50’s! It is up to the producer to evaluate their product to meet those guidelines. The question is, do they properly and truthfully meet those guidelines?
Stay tuned for our test results on some of your Thanksgiving favorites! Results will be available in our app.