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Best practices – Baking powder versus yeast

Commercially purchased bread has numerous plastic contamination routes in preparation and packaging — some known and probably others unknown. Best kitchen practices, therefore, demand that bread be baked from known ingredients. One of those ingredients a rising agent — yeast or baking powder. Because investigators could not determine the provenance of yeast — processing and […]

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Best practices: Scale calibration

Use a set of gram weights to see how accurate your electronic scale is. Recognize that most commonly available sets of gram weights will vary in their own accuracy. However, a kitchen setting does not require ultra-precise measurements. This method eliminates wide discrepencies. After using a wide variety of solid weights and combinations of them, […]

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Micro- and Nanoplastics: Health Implications

Microplastics are generally those fragments that are less than five millimeters in size. However, a single microplastic fragment rarely stays the same size.   Whether found on dry land, in steams, and oceans — or in your mouth as you chew, swallow, and digest — natural and biological forces relentlessly reduce microplastics in size. Eventually, […]

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Best practices: De-waxing apples

There is no standard for the wax coatings used to preserve apples and other fruits and vegetables. Some studies indicate that the coatings are no longer simply carnuba-based, but are undisclosed compounds containing plastic polymers that may trap residues of pesticides and other chemicals. Given that these represent an unknown confounding factor, investigators decided to […]

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Best practices — Sourcing Dairy: Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Butter methods and barriers

Dairy has many opportunities for plastic contamination For dairy products, we created an ultra-strict sourcing protocol that assumed that the introduction of plastic chemicals into the dairy food chain begins with the milking process. That strict protocol had to be drastically altered will be described below. To consumers, the most obvious connection between plastic and […]

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How Food Processing Adds Plastic-Derived Chemical Contamination

article currently undergoing extensive editing (May 14) See also: How does the food chain get contaminated with plastic-derived chemicals? Micro- and Nanoplastics: Health Implications Sourcing the Menu: Avoiding Microplastics, biosolids and nano particles According to How does the food chain get contaminated with plastic-derived chemicals?, plastic-derived chemical (PDC) contamination of basic foods, even those that […]

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