Note what Nick Dearden actually says

This is a classic example of the casuistry common to Global Justice Now and their ilk:

Unsafe baby food
Even baby food carries higher risks in the US. In Britain, baby food has special standards including a complete ban on artificial colours and E-numbers, very low maximum levels of pesticides and limits on added sugar. The US has no specific regulations for baby food. A recent test of baby foods in the US found that 95% contained toxic metals, with 73% containing traces of arsenic. While the amounts may be small, the lack of tight regulation on US baby foods, and the certainty that sugar is often added to toddler snack food, should cause deep disquiet.

And what were the results of testing European baby food for those same toxic metals and arsenic? For that’s the thing he doesn’t tell us, isn’t it?

He says the rules are different for E-numbers and sugar, then talks about proof of metals – but then doesn’t compare the metals contents.

That is, the usual somewhere between lying and mere propaganda……

24 thoughts on “Note what Nick Dearden actually says”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Talking of “bait ‘n’ switch” I noticed the latest plea at the bottom of the article:

    “ We won’t let Brexit come between us…

    … and we hope you feel the same. Britain may be leaving the EU, but the Guardian remains committed to Europe, ”

    Once agin EU and Europe conflated.

  2. “American companies would be able to produce Cornish pasties on a massive scale and sell them back to us.”

    The horror, the horror…

  3. Arsenic isn’t toxic in low quantities. It’s like saying lots of people die of drowning, so we should ban water.

  4. Are American babies getting sick from American baby food? If not then the staff’s fine and EU regulations superfluous.

  5. Shite is all you can expect from the Gladrag.

    Your IT man is fiddling again Tim. This fucking typrwriter font being the least annoying bit of his latest exercise in (what he believes to be) style. Unless you share his seeming plan to make yours the HSR2 of blogs –you should fire him. Nor would it be unjust–given all the aggro his antics have caused–to stick a nut on him in lieu of severance pay.

    Just sayin’.

  6. The old design was simply so old that it needed constant recoding. So, new design, all the features you all want will be turned on etc as we go along.

  7. …a complete ban on artificial colours and E-numbers…
    True, breast milk doesn’t have an E number yet. However, I expect to read about high levels of pesticides and micro-plastics any day now.

  8. Don’t wish to seem ungrateful –but to paraphrase Jack Nicholson “we didn’t ask”.

    Appreciate that one of the many obnoxious things about the age of computer crap is that nothing can be left alone no matter how well it works.

    But are green “ink” and obnoxious pseudo-typewriter fonts really unavoidable? If you can’t make new–supposedly improved–systems recreate the look of an old favourite then that is going backwards technically not any sort of progress.

    I appreciate your blog and that it is here but it would be nice–like one of those gentlemen’s clubs–to have some place that still remains unaltered by the antics of vile “modernity”.

  9. Ecks

    If Tim is honoured enough to be allowed cookies, perhaps try Voyage (rather than Neve), top right click down box, and see if that’s an improvement whilst it’s changing?

  10. CORRECTION: Between 2012 and 2016, we may have inadvertently given some readers the mistaken impression that the United States of America was an exciting, progressive, technological wonderland full of delightful diversity, culinary excellence and the avant garde of #wokieness.

    After consulting with leading Orangebadmanologists, we would like to clarify that the USA is a terrifying post-apocalyptic wasteland of misgendering, radioactive bargain buckets that whisper “Quaid… Quaid… Start the reactor…” while you’re eating them, and baby food made from the still-twitching remains of fumigated tropical spiders like the ones that ate Julian Sands in “Arachnophobia”.

    The Guardian apologises for any confusion.

  11. The Guardian. Excellent. In the meantime I will regale my readers again with stories from America. I lived there under Obama and Trump regimes. It wasn’t any different. On the issue of baby food, there was nowt but dead babies lining all the highways in Texas. Unless they were armadillos..

  12. ‘ E-numbers…’

    E330 is citric acid found in lemons and oranges, E260 is acetic acid found in vinegar, E101 is Riboflavin Vitamin B found in all sorts of stuff. Even ants have an E number E236 Formic acid.

    The E number index is a list of common chemicals which are acceptable as additives in food and drugs. They may be naturally occurring or synthesised. Water has E170 calcium carbonate – among others.

    (And OMG, the air we breath, the cause of planetary destruction is an E number E290 Carbon Dioxide.)

    This means all our fresh food – meat, veg, fruit, cereals, pulses, legumes are packed full of E numbers.

    There can be no ban on E numbers in UK baby food as there would be no food in it.

    Ignorance about the subject is a necessary qualification to be activist/environmentalist/politician/celeb.

  13. “True, breast milk doesn’t have an E number yet.”

    It contains several, actually.. By design.

    What the E-Number conspiracists forget is that the E-number list is almost exclusively made up of susbstances that occur in food naturally. By their proper scientific name, which suddenly lakes them Scaaaaaareyyy…
    Bite into an organically grown, vegan-approved bit of fruit grown on freshly caught morning dew and moonbeams, and you’re biting into a list of E-numbers longer than your arm..

  14. You don’t get arsenic free rice, because of how and where it is grown (and rice is very common in baby food).

    You do however get rice with an acceptably low level of arsenic, that nuance being easily ignored when you need an alarmist story.

  15. TJ, Then he would be producing ( albeit rather briefly) massive amounts of E270 along with elevated E290. Worse, he’ll also produce CAS 67-64-1 and E240, classing him as chemically hazardous waste…

    On second thought… that would be a good thing, innit?

  16. containing traces of arsenic. While the amounts may be small

    I’d bet testing of UK/EU Apple baby food reveals traces of cyanide.

    While the amounts may be small, they don’t matter. If they did MSM would be full of “Thousands of Babies dying in USA due to food poisoning”

    Talking of bollocks news on food
    James O’Brien, LBC’s sanctimonious Left Troll
    “The cause of O’Brien’s vendetta almost certainly is this encounter from January 2019. On his LBC show, O’Brien is a flat-track bully who delights in using his privileged platform to embarrass inexperienced callers with opposing opinions. In Jacob Rees-Mogg, O’Brien found himself outclassed (in both senses) by an opponent who always had an answer and repeatedly teased the host while remaining unfailingly polite, hence O’Brien’s hyperbolic hatred
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF3OQkWEyZA
    During the final few minutes, JRM chides the increasingly irritable host for using a quote ‘selectively and out of context to make a wrong point’. James O’Brien’s continued trolling of Jacob Rees-Mogg over Grenfell is yet more of the same shtick

    O’Brien: “Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement says there must be regulatory alignment between NI & RoI”

    Utter bollocks, O’Brien inventing “facts” to support his argument, called out and he aggressively diverts to rabbit hole subject.

    O’Brien: completely loses his mind on Beef. JRM gears down after realising he’s talking to a child

    @Mr Ecks March 3, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Absolutely correct. Esp “latest exercise in (what he believes to be) style”

    @Mr Worstall

    Your IT man is exploiting your ignorance on IT, he’s a control freak selling snake oil

    @The Guardian March 3, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Must be genuine as the usual number mistake present:
    “CORRECTION: Between 2008 and 2016” – fixed

    @John B

    Beat me to it. Very good, thanks

  17. containing traces of arsenic. While the amounts may be small

    I’d bet testing of UK/EU Apple baby food reveals traces of cyanide.

    While the amounts may be small, they don’t matter. If they did MSM would be full of “Thousands of Babies dying in USA due to food poisoning”

    Talking of fake news on food
    James O’Brien, LBC’s sanctimonious Left Troll
    “The cause of O’Brien’s vendetta almost certainly is this encounter from January 2019. On his LBC show, O’Brien is a flat-track bully who delights in using his privileged platform to embarrass inexperienced callers with opposing opinions. In Jacob Rees-Mogg, O’Brien found himself outclassed (in both senses) by an opponent who always had an answer and repeatedly teased the host while remaining unfailingly polite, hence O’Brien’s hyperbolic hatred
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF3OQkWEyZA
    During the final few minutes, JRM chides the increasingly irritable host for using a quote ‘selectively and out of context to make a wrong point’. James O’Brien’s continued trolling of Jacob Rees-Mogg over Grenfell is yet more of the same shtick

    O’Brien: “Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement says there must be regulatory alignment between NI & RoI”

    Utter rubbish, O’Brien inventing “facts” to support his argument, called out and he aggressively diverts to rabbit hole subject.

    O’Brien: completely loses his mind on Beef. JRM gears down after realising he’s talking to a child

  18. @Mr Ecks March 3, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Absolutely correct. Esp “latest exercise in (what he believes to be) style”

    @Mr Worstall

    Your IT man is exploiting your ignorance on IT, he’s a control freak selling snake oil

    @The Guardian March 3, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Must be genuine as the usual number mistake present:
    “CORRECTION: Between 2008 and 2016” – fixed

    @John B

    Beat me to it. Very good, thanks

  19. So? The free market will create baby food labelled “Good Proper British Baby Food, none of that American rubbish”. Burger King and MaccyD clearly don’t need the heavy hand of the law to publicise that they don’t use any of that foreign muck in their meels(tm).

  20. “Vitamin D3 is the common name for cholecalciferol. Vitamin D3 can be taken as a supplement to improve overall health or used to treat osteoporosis.”

    “Cholecalciferol is main ingredient in rat poison.”

    WTF?

    Toxicity is in the dose.

  21. Your IT man is exploiting your ignorance on IT, he’s a control freak selling snake oil

    Stop being a twat

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