Friday, November 17, 2017 by Rhonda Johansson
Is there anything more exciting and retro than the name “Fast Green FCF”? It calls to mind images of disturbingly pink bubble gum and vats of chemicals in which the unknowing Joker (of the Alan Moore origin, not the standard DC version) falls into and turns into the master criminal he is known today. Yes, Fast Green FCF is all that — a widely used utilized tissue and protein stain that medical professionals use to localize sample proteins on blotting members. Its color, a hideous algae hue, helps scientists indicate clastogenic properties within hippocampal interneurons.
Its applications in the food industry are limited (if at all); which explains why the chemical’s health hazards are wanting.
Your introduction to the compound will be restricted to studies in which animals were forcibly injected with the substance. The risk of humans being treated in such a way are rare, if impossible. To be clear: ingesting the powder is highly unlikely unless you deliberately eat it.
The powder is mostly used as a stain. It only makes sense then that animals who consume it stain their organs. Several toxicological studies done on rats showed that those who were injected with either three or six percent Fast Green FCF solution were unable to properly digest it; their stool showed a greenish tinge. Similarly, dogs who were orally given 200 milligrams of the colorant expelled green bile.
Subsequent injections showed more adverse effects. Animals began developing an intolerance to the powder and several cancerous growths began to form. Scientists have concluded that Fast Green FCF has carcinogenic potential, but this is only seen if the compound is frequently taken and at high doses.
In any case, Fast Green FCF is hypothesized to prompt gastrointestinal distress regardless of ingested amount.
Under no circumstances should you eat Fast Green FCF. There are no human studies on the potential hazards of the compound, but it can be safely assumed that eating a powder meant for chemical research should be avoided. Please use common sense when handling this product.
Fast Green FCF will most likely cause digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Fast Green FCF is used as a staining material for medical purposes. It is hardly used in food. Animal studies have concluded that prolonged consumption of the powder can cause gastrointestinal distress.
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