Wow, I had no idea there was mercury contamination in HFCS!
I spend part of the year living in Italy, since my husband is an Italian citizen and his family is there. I am always amazed when I go there that NOTHING contains HFCS. In fact, my husband had never heard of HFCS before he came to the US a few years ago.
All their sodas and candies use real sugar, there's not really much in the way of fast food, and what little junk food they do have is significantly better than the garbage we have here in the States. Recently, though, I've noticed that several Italian sodas in Italy have started using 'fructose-glucose syrup'. I'm a little worried about what the heck that is, because it sounds a little too close to HFCS for comfort, so I've been keeping away. I hope that whatever it is, it doesn't contain mercury!