Courtesy of my colleague, I came across this article on Yahoo about the perils of eating chicken nuggets.
Broadly speaking, the article speaks good sense. Chicken nuggets are quite vile concoctions (and showing your kids a video of how they are made is pretty good at stopping them wanting to eat them, or at least it worked for us). However, there is one line in there that stopped the chemists here dead in their tracks:
Another additive is tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a form of butane.
Really? A form of butane?
Even the briefest visit to Wikipedia tell us that tert-butylhydroquinone is not very closely related to butane at all. It is a flavorless preservative, used in a wide range of foods at carefully controlled levels (well below any level that might be considered dangerous). It is not a volatile hydrocarbon and I doubt it is very flammable. Plus that rather overlooks most of the molecule.