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Re: Should we label turkey too?

Very interesting. However, what the American Council on Science and Health
apparently does not discuss is the synergistic effects of all combined
substances in  products like carrots, onions, celery. I would dare to say that
the synergistic effects in these products turn them into health improving or
sustaining foods. I would not dare to say that about the PROTOXomato, as
described in an earlier message. BTW, I have not yet received any safety
evaluation reports on the "PROTOXomato"

Rick Roush wrote:

> December 25, 1999
> New Scientist
> Turkey, vegetables, stuffing and more besides are full of natural substances
> that give lab rats cancer, warn a group of New York scientists in a
> Christmas menu which they have designed to ridicule scare stories about
> pesticide residues in food and posted on the Internet.
> According to the menu published by the New York-based American Council on
> Science and Health, roast turkey and beef contain natural heterocyclic
> amines, substances which trigger DNA mutations and cause cancer in rodents.
> Rats also develop cancer when fed with the dyestuff aniline, which occurs
> naturally in carrots. But if you're feeling particularly brave, eat
> stuffing. There's a whole range of nature's nasties in the bread, onions,
> celery, black pepper and mushrooms that cause cancer or DNA mutations in
> rodents. The stuffing ingredients include acetaldehyde, a toxic breakdown
> product of alcoholic drinks, benzo[*]pyrene, a potent carcinogen found in
> cigarette smoke, and ethyl carbamate, a natural pesticide.
> Ruth Kava, director of nutrition at the American Council on Science and
> Health was quoted as saying, "We try to get across that just because
> something is synthetic, it's not inherently any more dangerous than
> something Mother Nature puts there herself."
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