Foods Banned by Other Coun­tries

Catron Courier - - News - By Sam “Sweet Wa­ter” Sav­age

There are chem­i­cals and ad­di­tives we in the US al­low in our snacks, drinks, and pack­aged foods that other coun­tries con­sider so un­healthy they’ve banned them.

Fake col­or­ing that gives those eerie bright hues to boxed mac and cheese, break­fast ce­real, candy, and soft drinks has been linked to be­hav­ioral changes in chil­dren, al­ler­gies, mi­graines, and pos­si­bly can­cer. Those dyes are banned in sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing the United King­dom, but not in the United States.

In 2013, two moth­ers pe­ti­tioned Kraft to use safer, nat­u­ral col­or­ing in their mac and cheese prod­ucts, as the com­pany does in other coun­tries where the dyes are il­le­gal. Kraft said no.

Or how about bromi­nated veg­etable oil, or BVO, that’s added to citrus-fla­vored soda (like Moun­tain Dew) and sports drinks to make the ar­ti­fi­cial col­ors stick to the liq­uid. BVO con­tains bromine, which is used as a flamere­tar­dant and has been linked to neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems and in­ter­fer­ence with thy­roid hor­mones.

BVO has been banned in over 100 coun­tries, yet it is reg­u­larly used in prod­ucts here. Pep­siCo fi­nally an­nounced it would no longer use the ad­di­tive in Ga­torade, af­ter con­sumers com­plained, yet they still use it in Moun­tain Dew.

Ar­ti­fi­cially col­ored food made with Yel­low 5, Red 40, and six oth­ers dyes are used to en­hance prod­ucts from Froot Loops to Nutri-Grain ce­real bars. They are called the “rain­bow of risk” by the Cen­ter for Science in the Pub­lic In­ter­est. They are banned in Nor­way, Fin­land, France, Aus­tria, and the UK.

Ar­senic in chicken feed cuts down on par­a­sites, makes chick­ens grow faster, and gives their meat more color. And as you might have guessed it also gives the chicken we eat higher lev­els of ar­senic, known to cause lung, blad­der, and skin can­cers. Ar­senic-laced chicken feed is banned in the Euro­pean Union.

Breads with potas­sium bro­mate, used in bro­mated flour to make bread prod­ucts rise higher and faster. Found in rolls, bagel chips, bread crumbs, and flat­breads potas­sium bro­mate has been linked to thy­roid and kid­ney can­cers in lab an­i­mals. It has been banned in Europe, Canada, and China. Cal­i­for­nia de­clared it a car­cino­gen in 1991.

Frozen din­ners have azodi­car­bonamide which is used to bleach and sta­bi­lize flour and also to make foamed plas­tic prod­ucts like yoga mats and sneak­ers. Found in frozen TV din­ners, pack­aged baked goods, and some breads, it has been as­so­ci­ated with in­duc­ing asthma. It is banned in Aus­tralia, the UK, and most Euro­pean coun­tries.

BHA and BHT preser­va­tives are added to ce­real, nut mixes, gum, but­ter, meat, and de­hy­drated pota­toes to keep them from turn­ing ran­cid. The de­bate over their safety has been go­ing on in the US for years. Mean­while, they’re banned in the UK, Ja­pan, and many Euro­pean coun­tries.

6. Milk with rBGH and rBST, also known as bovine growth hor­mones, are given to cows and found in milk and other dairy prod­ucts (un­less the la­bel specif­i­cally says oth­er­wise). They have been linked to can­cer and in­fer­til­ity and are banned in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Canada, Ja­pan, and the Euro­pean Union.

Chips with Olestra or Olean, a fat sub­sti­tute used in fat-free chips, like Ruf­fles, can pro­duce cramps and leaky bow­els and are banned in the UK and Canada.

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