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Is the halite collected from Searles lake, CA safe to grind up and use as edible table salt?

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asked Jan 13 by grandmamissy (120 points)

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Salt is hatvested from salt lakes around the world. As far as any single lake goes, you would be best advised to ask local agencies about it. No way we have any information regarding unsafe things which have occurred on a single lake. The lake waters may have been diverted for agriculture, or local mines could have let runoff taint the water. Just too many possibilities to advise you properly. I mention only those two possibilities but there are others like bacteria and pollutants... local water testing agencies would probably know.
answered Jan 14 by Weasel (38,360 points)
The salt is harvested and used commercially. The reference I checked said it is screened and washed and used in various applications. No mention of being safe for human consumption.
 


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