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Rocket Fuel in baby food

  1. Apr 3, 2009 #1
    I just read the following article on MSN News http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30028134/wid/11915773?GT1=31036 and I was wondering what kind of perchlorates? The only perchlorate rocket fuel I am famaliar with is ammonium perchlorate used in the solid fuel boosters on the Space Shuttle. That was the same stuff that gave Pepcon in Henderson, NV a new address with 17 different zip codes back in the late 80s. Anybody got any idea of how it could get into baby food?
     
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  4. Apr 3, 2009 #3

    chemisttree

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    The story reported that the baby food that contained cow's milk had the highest contamination levels. Perchlorate has been found in 350 water supplies in California including the Colorado River.

    http://www.ewg.org/reports/rocketmilk [Broken]
     
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  5. Apr 3, 2009 #4

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    http://www.enzian.org/images/brouhaha/2008/Rocket_Baby.jpg [Broken]
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2009 #5

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    Perchlorates aren't terribly dangerous or toxic in solution. The perchlorate ion (solvated) is unusually stable, which is related to why perchlorate salts are so very unstable.
     
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