Friday, June 1, 2007

First pet food now toothpaste?

Just when you thought it was safe to buy products from China...
The chemical mentioned in the article jarred a memory. When I first took my 80 hour Haz Mat course the instructor handed out a paper about the ingredients in generic ice cream. I saved that paper and show it to people along with my own experiences that I'll tell you later.
Here's the scoop (pun intended)

Diethyl Glucol - Cheap chemical used as an emulsifier instead of eggs. Glucol is the same chemical used in antifreeze and paint remover.
Piperanol - used in place of vanilla. This chemical is used to kill lice!
Aldehyde C17 - flavor in cherry ice cream. Inflammable liquid also used in aniline dyes, plastic, or rubber.
Ethyl Acetate - gives pinapple flavor. Also cleaner for leather and textiles. Its' vapors have been known to cause chronic lung liver & heart damage.
Butyraldehyde - nut flavor in ice cream. Ingredient in rubber cement.
Amyl Acetate - banana flavor. Oil paint solvent
Benzyl Acetate - strawberry flavor It's a nitrate solvent

Now doesn't make you just want to go out and buy the cheapest brand of ice cream you can find.

I worked in a plant doing Haz Mat work that produced vanillian (artificial vanilla). The chemicals used there can also be found in a refinery that produces gasoline.

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