Fact Check 2: FDA Approved: Paint Thinner In Children’s Cereals?

As I scrolled through facebook today I came across a link with an alarming title. “Paint Thiner in Children’s Cereal exposed”. I have a three year old son, and when mornings are busier than normal, or we simply wake up late, cereal becomes our goto breakfast. Before running to the kitchen to trash all the cereal in the house, I decided to look further into the claim. When I clicked onto the FaceBook link it lead me to IdClips.com.  This site oddly looks a lot like Youtube. In fact, I thought it was youtube until I read in the upper left hand corner that it was IdClips instead.  In the attachment below I included the video on IdClip.com and youtube so the differences can be noticed.

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The actual video could not be shard from the Idclips application. So luckily I found it youtube. I attached the video below.

I watched the video and wondered where they got this information, or what others thought about the claim as well. So I looked into the comments to see what other fellow youtube users had to say. Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 4.05.02 PM

Within the first 5 comments I noticed some agreed immediately that this chemical was harmful and should not be consumed, yet others argued that the Trisodium Phosphate is simply a salt.  I honestly wasn’t familiar with the chemical. So I simply google searched Trisodium Phosphate, the results  did indeed claim the chemical was dangerous and should not be eaten. I did want more information about the topic and unfortunately the video did not offer any references; Therefore, as a method of advanced search I typed into google, “Paint Thinner In Children’s Cereal”.  Quite a few webpages with articles regarding the topic came up.

I wasn’t familiar with any of these sites prior to this search, and I did notice they all had one thing in common.. Lots of sponsored content. This immediately rose a red flag. Also, it seemed like a lot of the information was simply being used in a form of syndication. The contrail sited the naturalsociety. Dailybuzzlive simply referred back to the video I found on the facebook link. Lastly, getholistichealth also pulled its information from naturalsociety as well. Before assuming this foreign site to be truthful, I decided to do my research and read laterally into the naturalsociety. After about 30 minutes of trying to find information on the site and not finding anything, I simply typed into google, “is natural society trustworthy.” This was my last resort after not finding any information of sites such as wikipedia.  The first thing that came up was this site here:

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Right away I thought this site was shady. It resembled one of those sites that claim they can get you your credit score for free. So I continued onto the other webpages google brought up. The second webpage brought up was easyencounter.com. This webpage seemed to be a bit more trustworthy, and claimed that naturalsociety.com is indeed a safe website to use, but when it comes to credibility on their post, the site is compromised due to negative feedback. With all of the information I received after this detailed research, I’ve come to the conclusion that this post if probably not true. There wasn’t a single credible source behind the claim. So it looks like me and my three year old are going to continue eating Reese’s Puffs cereal in the morning!

 

 

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