Beijing’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly developing a new test that will identify those pesky toxic metals in your food. Experts estimate that using this method they’ll be able to ID common heavy metal contaminants such as lead and mercury in under an hour.
Test specifics remain yet unclear, but considering the alarming metal levels found in China’s foodstuffs, we wouldn’t be surprised if part of it involved holding a magnet over a bowl of rice to see how many grains stick.
China Daily reports:
Most food in the market contains more than 20 kinds of heavy metals, most of which are lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and chromium, according to the center. Those heavy metals can be quite harmful in some foods that have a strong adsorption ability.
Recently it was discovered that over a third of Chinese ingest an unsafe amount of aluminum, which is commonly found in noodles.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].