If you like your food hot and spicy, you might want to check the bottles of hot sauces you have in your kitchen. Researchers collected samples of 25 different hot sauces from ethnic markets, grocery stores and food swaps and found levels of lead in 16 percent of the bottles. All of the hot sauces tested were imported from Mexico and South America.
The Food and Drug Administration’s allowed action level for lead in a product is 0.1 parts per million. According to the FDA’s website an action level represents “limits at or above which FDA will take legal action to remove products from the market.”
Grist names these four hot sauces that researchers found were above 0.1 parts per million.
Castillo Salsa Habanera: 0.14 ppm
Búfalo Salsa Clasica: 0.17 ppm
El Yucateco Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero: 0.21 ppm
El Pato Salsa Picante Hot Sauce: 0.23 ppm
I’ve never thought about making my own hot sauce before, but considering how much my teenage son uses the stuff, it might be something I should give a try. (Or maybe he should give it a try.)
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