It’s a vegetal plot fit for a bad zombie flick: desperate to make their produce look fresher, bigger and mature faster, some Indian farmers are injecting their veggies …
It’s a vegetal plot fit for a bad zombie flick:
desperate to make their produce
look fresher, bigger and mature faster,
some Indian farmers are injecting their
veggies with hormones on the sly.
Erythrosine and Oxytocin is used for the fruits.
Erythrosine is commonly used in sweets
such as some candies and popsicles,
and even more widely used in cake-decorating gels.
It is also used to color pistachio shells.
As a food additive, it has the E number E127.
As a result of efforts begun in the 1970s,
in 1990 the U.S. FDA had instituted a partial
ban on erythrosine, citing research that high
doses have been found to cause cancer in rats.
In June 2008, the Center for Science in the
Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA for
a complete ban on erythrosine in the United States.
A series of toxicology tests combined
with a review of other reported studies
concluded that erythrosine is non-genotoxic
and the above-mentioned increase in tumors
is caused by a non-genotoxic mechanism.
A 1990 study concluded that “chronic
erythrosine ingestion may promote thyroid
tumor formation in rats via chronic
stimulation of the thyroid by TSH.”