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Reports of Young coconuts being treated prior to shipment
We have had reports that the young coconuts that are shipped over
from Thailand may be treated with a preservative and a fungicide before being shipped.
The young coconuts are it dipped into a solution of
sodium meta bisulfite (3% concentration with a fungicide thiobendazole) for 5 minutes.
This information has not been confirmed. We are still
investigating this, and want to get product testing done to see if there is any residual
chemicals inside the coconut meat and water.
I believe the coconuts nuts are treated in this way for two
1. The Sodium solution acts as a "preservative".
Similar preservatives are commonly used in beer making and wine making - Sulfides (Sulfur
dioxide) as well as dried fruits (so they keep their "pretty color). If the nuts were
not preserved, they would turn brown and begin to oxidize.
2. The Thiabendazole is a systemic benzimidazole fungicide used to
control fruit and vegetable diseases such as mold, rot, blight, and stain. It is also
active against storage diseases and Dutch Elm disease. In livestock and humans,
thiabendazole is applied to treat several helminth species such as roundworms.
Thiabendazole is also used medicinally as a chelating agent to bind metals. This
same fungicide is widely used on CONVENTIONAL produce, most commonly bananas. If you read
most ANY box of conventional bananas, it will say "treated with
Thiobendazole".. It also appears that Apples, Pears and Citrus are widely
treated with this same fungicide.
Please read on for further information and links regarding the
above two chemicals.
1. More information on Sodium meta Bisulfite -
|Chemical Abstract Number (CAS #)
||EPA Method 641
||FUNGICIDE FOR SPOILAGE CONTROL OF CITRUS FRUIT; FOR TREATMENT OF DUTCH ELM
DISEASE IN TREES; FOR CONTROL OF FUNGAL DISEASES OF SEED POTATOES; MEDICATION
ANTIHELMINTIC (NEMATODES); MEDICATION (VET): ANTHELMINTIC. Agricultural fungicide
Medication: anthelmintic As fungicide, controls green mold, blue mold, and stem end rot of
citrus fruits;to control Fusarium basal rot and Penicillium blue mold on ornamentals bulbs
and corms; to control crown rot on bananas; to control blue mold rot, bull's eye rot and
gray mold on apples and pears; to control black rot, scurf and foot rot of sweet potatoes;
to control Fusarium (dry rot) in potato storage. Also as a preservative for reconstituted
tobacco. Control of Aspergillus, Botrytis, Ceratocystis, Cercospora, Colletotrichum,
Corticium, Diaporthe, Diplodia, Fusarium, Gibberella, Gloeosporium, Oospora, Penicillium,
Phome, Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia, Septoria, Thielaviopsis, Verticillium spp., etc in
asparagus, avocados, bananas, barley, beans, cabbage, celery, chicory, cherries, citrus
fruit, cotton, some cucurbits, flax, mangoes, mushrooms, oats, onions, ornamentals,
pawpaws, pome fruit, potatoes, rice, soya beans, strawberries, sugar beet, sweet potatoes,
tobacco, tomatoes, turf, vines, and wheat. Also used for control of storage diseases of
fruit and vegetables. A food additive permitted in the feed and drinking water of animals
and/or for the treatment of food-producing animals; also permitted in food for human
||COLORLESS CRYSTALS; WHITE TO PRACTICALLY WHITE POWDER; White crystals; Tan
||304-305 DEG C
If one is eating conventional produce: the treatments of the young coconuts are not
anything "outside of the ordinary". If one is eating non-organic
bananas, one is getting the Thiobendazole. Its also present on apples, citrus,
pears, and other fruits and vegetables (as mentioned above). The Sulfides that the
cocos are dipped in are also present in many processed foods, as well as wines and dried
fruits. Once again, this chemical probably also appears in one's diet at some
I am personally reducing my consumption of young coconuts until
further investigation and testing can be done to determine the amount of residual
chemicals absorbed into the meat and water of the coconut.
I am normally very sensitive to any "conventional"
treatment of produce. If I eat other kinds of produce that is treated, I will break out in
rash. When consuming young coconuts, this has not happened to me.
My girlfriend reports that occasionally after consuming a young coconut she will have an
asthmatic response. This is possibly due to the level of sulfites present in some
coconuts. I believe that some coconuts may absorb the chemicals in greater
concentration than others.
Another precaution I am taking is to never unwrap the outer
plastic the coconuts come wrapped in, and only handle the coconuts by the plastic. I
will no longer be composting the young coconut shells in my organic compost pile due to
the fungicide (which has a half life of 30 days).
If I had to choose between non-organic bananas, apples, pears or
citrus fruits for a "does" of Thiobendazole, I would much rather consume young
coconuts to get my daily dose.
The above statements are my personal opinions, and research.
This is not given as medical advice. Please consult your doctor for medical advice..