As cereal lovers sat down to enjoy their bowls of Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks and Corn Pops, they had no idea they were about to eat a petrochemical called 2-methylnaphthalene. This chemical is "a constituent of petroleum, automobile exhaust, ... waste water from coal gasification, coke and shale oil production..." and other similarly bizarre sources. So what was 2-methylnaphthalene doing in boxes of Kellogg cereals?
It turns out this chemical was most likely released from the wax paper cereal liners that hold the cereal. This could have been due to the heating of the wax paper when it's sealed. This causes the off-gassing of chemicals which can then be absorbed by the cereal itself.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Sugar Frosted 2-methylnaphthalene
Posted by Nick
You remember the recall of all that Kellogg's cereal? Did this chemical contaminate it? And what is the nature of the toxic threat?
Froot Loops contaminated with 2-methylnaphthalene chemical (opinion)