Thursday, September 20, 2018

Do Vehicle Air Bags Contain Glyphosate? My 9/20/18 Email to the NHTSA.

My 9/20/18 email to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Since approximately 88% of corn is GMO, and since cornstarch is the primary ingredient in air bags; has the NHTSA conducted studies to determine how much glyphosate is being ingested by individuals after their air bags deploy?

"Corn is the No. 1 crop grown in the U.S. and nearly all of it — 88 percent — is genetically modified. In addition to being added to innumerable processed foods, genetically modified corn is a staple of animal feed."

In addition, since corn allergies have increased by over 700% in the last 62 months; a physician-confirmed allergy to corn should be cause to request that an air bag be disengaged.

I believe the NHTSA has determined that cornstarch is safe based on the blatantly false statement by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI); therefore, I am providing the NHTSA the following rebuttal statements to the ACAAI.

Argo Cornstarch Oral Challenge to Test Hypothesis Presented by the ACAAI
 [Conclusion: If you are allergic/intolerant to corn, do NOT consume cornstarch. I suffered a significant allergic reaction as a result of this oral challenge.]

My March 27, 2018, Certified Letter to the ACAAI  Re: Cornstarch and Corn Syrup

Petition to Demand that the ACAAI Remove False Statement Re: Cornstarch/High Fructose Corn Syrup

Removing a Food Protein Does Not Guarantee an Allergen Hypoallergenic

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly) [Corn allergies have increased by over 700% in the last 62 months.]

Strict avoidance of a person's allergen is always advised to avoid a possible anaphylactic reaction.
 “Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe. Just because an initial reaction causes few problems doesn’t mean that all reactions will be similar; a food that triggered only mild symptoms on one occasion may cause more severe symptoms at another time.”

"Patient education: Food allergy treatment and avoidance (Beyond the Basics)," Scott H. Sicherer, MD, FAAAAI, UpToDate, April 25, 2017
"People with food allergies can have serious or even life-threatening reactions after consuming certain foods. The most important strategy in the management of food allergies is to avoid eating these foods."

Due to the significant increase in food allergies, I would recommend that each individual be given the choice as to which starch is used in air bags; e.g., tapioca starch, potato starch, etc.  In addition, these starches must be guaranteed to be derived from non-GMO sources.

"Facts and Statistics"

Thank you for your attention to this growing concern.

Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources

P.S.  I have shared the following blog link with members of my corn allergy groups:

NHTSA Form: “Request for Air Bag On-Off Switch” Due to Corn Allergy

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