Claim: Popular cereals (including Lucky Charms and Cheerios) contain paint thinner and pose a danger to children.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2014]
Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) ingredient in Lucky Charms? TSP is used for cleaning surfaces before painting and can be harmful if ingested. Is this in Lucky Charms? Why is it listed as an ingredient?
This was on Facebook about paint thinner (trisodium phosphate) in kid's popular cereals, Trix. Said that the FDA approved it, too. Please tell me it isn't true.
Concern over trisodium phosphate escalated in October 2014. Chatter about the scary-sounding ingredient had circulated on social media sites and message boards since at least 2010, but a popular picture juxtaposing Lucky Charms with TSP
@vanitygirl32 Thx for your question! Trisodium phosphate is FDA-approved and safely used in a wide variety of food products...— Lucky Charms (@LuckyCharms) October 13, 2014
@vanitygirl32 It is a water-soluble salt that helps adjust acidity. It is used in cleaning products, but the use and amount are...— Lucky Charms (@LuckyCharms) October 13, 2014
@vanitygirl32 ...very different. TSP itself is safe and the amount of TSP in cereals is tiny. - Dayna— Lucky Charms (@LuckyCharms) October 13, 2014
It is true that trisodium phosphate is effective as a cleaning agent, due in part to its alkalinity. Sodium bicarbonate is a similarly
Trisodium phosphate is "generally recognized as safe" by the
Last updated: 17 January 2016