13 Ingredients Allowed in the USA – Banned in Most Other Countries

On Monday, I received on Facebook this message from Honeycolony,  about 13 ingredients that are allowed by the FDA, but are not allowed in many other countries.  What?  Yes, I know we do allow GMOs and no labeling of them, but ingredients that are toxic chemicals?  But isn’t the FDA the agency that is supposed to protect us from these types of ingredients?  Mira Calton and her husband researched 100 different countries and more than 150 ingredients to come to this list. Here they are:

  1. Coloring agents—blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5 and yellow 6 which are found in cakes, frosting, macaroni and cheese, medicines, soda, pet food and cheese.  These are ALLOWED because we as Americans need our food to look pretty or good to eat.  Most food colorings in these times are made from coal tar which is also in seal-coat products as well as shampoo to make head lice die.
  2. Olestra (aka Olean).  This is was used to make fat-free chips.  There were over 20,000 complaints by 2009 that P&G developed an exterior paint called Sefose.  In 2009 it was still used in two chip products.  “The bathroom side effects from this product”  were not pleasant.  (I remember that from the one and only try of this product.)
  3. Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO).  This showed up in the news yesterday.  It is ALLOWED in the USA in sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.  It is used as an emulsifier to keep the the flavoring from separating and floating to the surface.  Bromine is a poisonous chemical considered corrosive and toxic. 
  4. Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour).  This is found in rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs and bagel chips as a strengthening agent in the dough to reduce the time needed to bake the product thus reducing costs.  Once again they are using bromine.  This has been linked to kidney and nervous system disorders as well as gastrointestinal discomfort.  The FDA has asked that this ingredient be left out, but has not banned it.
  5. Azodicarbonamide.  This is used in breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, packaged baked goods.  This chemical is used to bleach the flour used in these products very quickly instead of allowing the flour to bleach naturally.  This chemical has been banned in Singapore and if you use it and get caught you can go to prison for 15 years!  It’s primary use is in foamed plastics like yoga mats and soles of sneakers.  This chemical has been linked to asthma.
  6. BHA and BHT.  This is used in cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes and beer.  This is made from petroleum as a preservative to keep the products from becoming rancid and giving off offensive odors.  It has been found to be a labeled a cancer-causing agent by the US National Institute of Health.  California is the only state that has banned the use of BHT.
  7. Synthetic hormones (rBGH and rBST).  These are found in milk and dairy products.  This has been in the news a lot.  I had heard of this one.  It is a genetically engineered cow growth hormone used to increase milk production by 10%.  Not only is it bad for humans, it is also bad for the cows.  They have suffered inflamed and infected udders, become lame and infertile.  For humans the supercharged insulin growth factor -1 (IGF-1) has been linked to breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  8. Arsenic.  This has been found in poultry.  “Big brother FDA permits arsenic in chicken feed to promote growth, improve efficiency in feeding the birds, and boost pigmentation. “The arsenic affects the blood vessels in chickens and turkeys, causing them to appear pinker and, therefore, fresher, Carlton says.”   This has been outlawed by the European Union since 1999 and the EPA classifies inorganic arsenic as a human carcinogen.

The numbering only shows 8 but each of the coloring agents in the first substance make the total 13.  Once again I ask, why do we think the FDA is protecting us?

The article on Facebook was written by Cristina Goyanes and published in Shape  on January 15, 2013.  Mira Carlton’s book Rich Food, Poor Food is due out in February.




About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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