Ingredients Banned in Other Countries Are Okay for Use in the United States
In one of my prior posts, “Brominated Vegetable Oils: Should We Consuming This Stuff?” I wrote about an additive that has been used freely in the United States but banned in other countries. The reasons for the ban are pretty clear and equally concerning, but there are still many instances of the United States okaying the use of ingredients that are banned in many other countries.
BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are food preservatives as well as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. BHA is found in chewing gum, butter, cereals, and beer. It also turns up in cosmetics, rubber products, and petroleum products.
BHT is in shortening and cereals.
Both BHA and BHT can impair blood clotting if high quantities are consumed. They are also known to promote tumor growth and have been banned in Japan, England, and many other countries throughout Europe.
In 1993 the Food and Drug Administration approved the Monsanto genetically-engineered hormone product recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) despite objections from physicians, scientists and consumer advocacy groups.
rGBH was injected into dairy cows as a means to increase the production of milk and, minus labeling, soon turned up in the U.S. milk supply, ice cream, buttermilk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. Cows that are given this hormone are more susceptible to udder infections and receive more antibiotics than cows who do not receive rBGH.
The milk from cows that receive growth hormones contains more Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), something that humans naturally have. Elevated levels of IGF has been have been linked to colon and breast cancer and therein is the danger of rBGH.
rGBH is banned in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the European Union.
Potassium bromate can be found in wraps, rolls, breadcrumbs and bagel chips. It is an addictive used in baking to speed up the process that in turn saves companies money.
Researchers in Japan were the first to discover that potassium bromate causes cancer in the thyroids and kidneys of rats and mice. The Food and Drug Administration determined that the amount of potassium bromate that remains after baking should be negligible at less than twenty parts per billion.
The trouble here is that if bromated flour is not baked long enough or not at high enough temperatures the additive can surface in the final product. In addition, too great an amount of potassium bromate can be added to begin with.
Because of the risks, potassium bromate is banned in Europe, Canada, and China.
Artificial Food Dye
It seems as if artificial food dyes are in pretty much everything. Not so, but it most definitely is in cake mixes, sports drinks, Jell-O, sauces, and candy. It also happens to be made from petroleum, the same stuff that is used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt and tar. Yummy.
Some artificial colors have been associated with hyperactivity, cancer, and cell deterioration and are banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.
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