Lead contamination for everyone!


Ginger Snap cookies proclaim proudly that they are “made with real ginger and molasses,” failing to mention a rather generous dose of lead…

Ironically, it turn out that the ginger and molasses Nabisco marketers promoted so proudly played a big part in the lead contamination. Experts have linked high lead levels in molasses to soil in which sugar is grown, and also to the manufacturing process. Sources of lead in powdered ginger have also been linked to contaminated soil in which ginger is grown, and to the brining process in which it is dried, a news release from Harris’ office said.


State environmental officials knew as early as October that residents of Sebring in Mahoning County were drinking water contaminated with lead but did not warn the public, records show…

What good would it do to notify the victims when they can’t do anything about it? Except maybe to stop drinking, cooking, and bathing in the water? Other than buying bottled water, what else can they do?

4 thoughts on “Lead contamination for everyone!

    • Well, I’m not giving up ginger. (There’s no pumpkin spice without ginger.) And if there’s lead in ginger, it’s probably in other spices, too (like salt). Anyway, I’m not sure we can get away from the contamination — it’s in the ground and in our water. Maybe not at levels that can harm us, but I’m guessing it builds up. Pretty soon, we’ll all start glowing in the dark. 🙂

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