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Dangers with Mexican vanilla - a Washington Post article

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maria_nyc Nov 4, 2008 02:02 PM

For those of you who did not hear already, here's a Washington Post article about dangers associated with using Mexican vanilla.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

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    embee Jan 5, 2009 06:52 AM

    There is, indeed, nothing new about this information. Mexican vanilla is perfectly okay to use. The problem is with Mexican products sold or mislabeled as vanilla that actually contain coumarin. Real Mexican vanilla doesn't come at bargain prices. It's buyer beware more than buyer avoid, but you must know something about your source. A large, cheap bottle won't be vanilla.

    1. AndrewK512 Jan 3, 2009 10:12 PM

      I got this stuff a while back before I even knew what true vanilla smelled like. Thankfully I did a little research and learned all the cheap stuff from mexico is most likely fake and toxic. I had only used it once before learning this and then tossed it.
      Unfortunately my grandma didn't believe me and still uses it (I gave her a bottle before I learned it was toxic) but thankfully she is fine.

      1. OCEllen Jan 3, 2009 10:01 PM

        Isn't this old news? I remember hearing that Mexican 'vanilla' was dangerous 20 or so years ago!

        1. oakjoan Nov 4, 2008 02:16 PM

          Would it be possible for somebody to paraphrase the article. I don't feel like signing up to view it.

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            geppetto Nov 4, 2008 02:48 PM

            I was thinking there was not enough melamine in the product, but I was wrong. Seems it contains coumarin, a compound related to warfarin, which is in some blood-thinning medications. (Coumadin)

            From the source:

            http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/m...

            1. re: oakjoan
              Mawrter Jan 3, 2009 09:57 PM

              Late to this thread, but you can get a fake user name & password from bugmenot dot com for many registration-only websites. HTH.

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