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Studies Find Mercury in Much U.S. Corn Syrup

PHOTO Yogurt, barbeque sauce, chocolate syrup and jam were just a few of the 55 foods containing high fructose corn syrup that were tested for their mercury levels.Yogurt, barbeque sauce, chocolate syrup and soda were just a few of the 55 foods containing high fructose corn syrup that were tested for their mercury levels.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many common foods made using commercial high fructose corn syrup contain mercury as well, researchers reported on Tuesday, while another study suggested the corn syrup itself is contaminated.

Food processors and the corn syrup industry group attacked the findings as flawed and outdated, but the researchers said it was important for people to know about any potential sources of the toxic metal in their food.

In one study, published in the journal Environmental Health, former Food and Drug Administration scientist Renee Dufault and colleagues tested 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup and found detectable mercury in nine of the 20 samples. Continue reading