Season's Greetings from Vancouver Island, Canada
>STUFF THE TURKEY
>December 25, 1999
>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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