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12-31-2010, 02:58 PM
I am buying dates from a company. They say that their dates are raw and never used pesicide. But before they packaged the dates for sale, they cleaned the dates and used mephyl bromide(?), a formulated gas, to treat the dates so as to kill all the bugs. The gas evaporated within one week. They say that process makes the dates not organic but they are still raw and preserve all the nutrients. Can any scientific mind tell me if these dates are good/nutritious/not harmful?
12-31-2010, 05:01 PM
It wont hurt the dates. Not sure about you though.
"A fumigant chemical used as an insecticide in stacks of dried fruit in boxes in packing sheds."
Google is my friend:
"In the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) bromomethane is regulated as a pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Insecticide,_Fungicide,_and_Rodenticide_Ac t) (FIFRA; 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.) and as a hazardous substance under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_Conservation_and_Recovery_Act) (RCRA; 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.), and is subject to reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Planning_and_Community_Right-to-Know_Act) (EPCRA; 42 U.S.C. 11001 et seq.). The U.S. Clean Air Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Air_Act) (CAA; 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.). A 1998 amendment (P.L. 105-178, Title VI) conformed the Clean Air Act phase out date with that of the Montreal Protocol. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromomethane#cite_note-7) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromomethane#cite_note-8) Whereas the Montreal Protocol has severely restricted the use of bromomethane internationally, the United States has successfully lobbied for critical-use exemptions. In 2004, over 7 million pounds of bromomethane were applied to California. Applications include tomato, strawberry, and ornamental shrub growers, and fumigation of ham/pork products."
Whether it's gone before you eat it... who knows?
12-31-2010, 09:22 PM
Thank you so much, Revvell.
01-08-2011, 01:48 PM
I called the company to cancel my order. The manager came personally to talk to me. He let me cancel my order. But he was adamant in claiming that methyl bromide is not a pesticide and is not hazardous. He said it is a gas extracted from the ocean and dates treated with this gas (to kill bugs by extracting air from dates) are as closer to organic dates as can be. He urged me to do research on it. I did. And the website does say it is a poisonous gas when concentrated and it is a pesticide. I am a little bewildered by the manager's confidence.
01-19-2011, 12:58 PM
I have heard that methyl bromide is going to be prohibited from use starting this year or next. Can't give you a site, though. Sorry!
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