The poster sessions were largely a bust yesterday but I did come across a couple of interesting ones:
1) Definitive evidence that it was the melamine + cyuranic acid that caused toxicity in animals (by creating crystals inside the kidney). As I’ve noted before, neither is very toxic on it’s own. Not a surprise but good to get some confirmation.
2) Ms Vitalone is a woman after my own heart. Her presentation: Natural is not always safe: A lesson from the literature on the use of herbal products. Now, doesn’t that sound familiar? It was basically a compilation of what we know about adverse events due to certain herbal supplements. I picked up the reference list, and I just have to share one article title with you:
Fatal intracerebral mass bleeding associated with Ginkgo biloba and ibuprofen.
3) A few posters on acrylamide in food (how much Finns get, how it is absorbed and excreted). I’m even more convinced that this isn’t a big problem, and as such will eat something fried today.