Dangerous Popcorn??

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There was an article posted today by the Associate Press warning consumers that the fumes from microwaved popcorn could actually cause cancer. It has been known for sometime that exposure to workers in popcorn plants can lead to “popcorn lung” which has actually spurred lawsuits from hundreds of workers. The chemical in suspicion is diacetyl which is used in the artificial butter flavor.

This is, however, the first case of a consumer being affected by the lung disease by consuming popcorn. Keep in mind this person consumed an extrordinary amount of popcorn (several times a day) but then again I used to work at T-Mobile where co-workers had microwaved popcorn at least once a day.

So, the chances of the average microwave popcorn consumer have to be pretty minute when it comes to contracting this lung disease. I think the bigger issue to consider is what exposure to this chemical (and the thousands of other chemicals in processed foods) does in tiny amounts over a long period of time. I feel like the additive nag over here but I can’t say enough times how bad artificial colors and flavors are. And the interesting thing is that all of these things are approved by the FDA to be safe. I won’t get started on my opinion on that.

Whatever your opinion, think twice about taking a big whiff of that popcorn when you open the bag…

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Fisher Price Bongo Band, Geo Trax & Mattell Barbie Recalls

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Well, at this point I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. With every recall I feel more satisfied with my decision to ban China made toys and cheap, plastic toys from our household.

I spent over 5 hours in our garage today sifting through toys and other items for our upcoming garage sale this weekend. I am not sad to see all these toys go. I feel relieved and have a sense of pride in having found within myself the ability to detach myself and my daughter from the constant message to consume, consume, consume. I am scrutinizing each new purchase in our home and I am learning a lot.

Today, my daughter’s set of blocks came in the mail. They are fabulous and the maple smells wonderful.

I will update pictures of our garage sale at the end of the week.

HERE ARE THE RECALLS:

For the complete list of recalls I have compiled go HERE

Fisher Price Bongo Band Toys: HERE

Fisher Price Geo Trax Locomotive Toys: HERE

Barbie Accessories Toys: HERE

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*** For a list of wooden (and other) toys made in America go HERE

*** To petition congress to ensure that food & toys are made safely go HERE (consumers union link)

*** To sign up to receive emailed notification of recalls from US Consumer Products Safety Commission go HERE