Nov 06 2016

Why are some Foods Banned in some Countries but allowed in Ours

Published by at 1:48 pm under Food Additives,GMO's

Foods banned in other countries allowed in ours.
Reading labels is key to avoiding unwanted ingredients.

Last week we covered the first part of a two part series on foods or additives banned in other countries, yet still permitted in the United States. Part one covered food dyes and color additives, genetically modified foods, Olestra or Olean and farmed fish, notably salmon. This week we will look at four more. This reinforces  the importance of reading labels and being informed about what you are putting into your body.

Bread with Potassium Bromate

Potassium bromate is a chemical additive used in commercial baking. It improves the action of the gluten, helping with dough elasticity. It helps the dough to rise by trapping gases produced by yeast. It is supposed to cook out of the bread dough, but when too much is added or it doesn’t cook properly, some chemicals remain.

Potassium bromate is a category 2B carcinogen, and has been linked to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer in laboratory animals but with limited evidence that it causes cancer in humans. This potential threat is enough of a concern that it has been banned in Canada, China and the European Union. Though many companies don’t use it in their products, as it is not an essential ingredient, it can still be found in the US. So avoid purchasing foods that list “bromated flour” or “potassium bromate” in their ingredient list. (1,2)*

Ractopamine-Tainted Meat

Ractopamine is a beta agonist drug and repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis in meat, reducing the overall fat content. Originally intended to treat asthma in mice, the result was it made them more muscular.  The U.S. pork industry feeds ractopamine “…to an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent of American pigs to rapidly boost growth rates. If you buy pork at your local supermarket, chances are that it came from a ractopamine-treated pig…” It is also estimated to be in 30% of ration-fed cattle and an unknown percentage of turkeys during their last days before slaughter. (1,3)*

Up to 20% of ractopamine stays in the meat we buy from the grocery store, according to estimates. While more than 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have banned the use of Ractopamine in their meat production, the US has not. We don’t even test for it. “…The European Food Safety Authority investigated ractopamine in 2009, concluding there was not enough data to show that it is safe for human consumption at any level…” This led to Russia issuing a ban on US meat imports until the US agrees to certify the meat is ractopamine-free.

“…Ractopamine is linked to reductions in reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, and increased death and disability. It’s also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, and may cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes…”(1,3)*

Brominated Vegetable Oils (BVO)

Banned in Europe and Japan, approximately 10% of sodas in the US still contain this synthetic chemical which distributes flavor more evenly in citrus flavored drinks. Originally patented as a flame retardant, “…it has shown to bioaccumulate in human tissue and breast milk and animal studies have found it causes reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses. Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and a common endocrine disruptor. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. This can lead to iodine deficiency, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health. Bromine toxicity can manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias…”(1,4)*

“The FDA has flip-flopped on BVO’s safety originally classifying it as ‘generally recognized as safe’ but reversing that call now defining it as an ‘interim food additive’ a category reserved for possibly questionable substances used in food.” Many scientists of late have suggested that a new examination of BVO’s safety as a food additive be assessed now that newer technologies are available. “…In January 2013 PepsiCo (while acknowledging that they “don’t find a health and safety risk with BVO”) announced that in response to consumer concerns they would discontinue the use of BVO in their Gatorade line of drinks. The company stated at the time they “had no plans to remove [BVO] from Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew,” but in May 2014 they reversed course and announced they were working to remove BVO from all their drinks, including Mountain Dew, Fanta and Powerade. Beverage giant Coca-Cola joined ranks with that announcement…” (1,4)*

Milk and Dairy Products Laced with rBGH

Recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBST, also known as rBGH, is a genetically engineered hormone injected into dairy cattle to increase milk production. It forces cows to artificially increase milk production by 10 to 15%.(1,5)*

Approved by the FDA in 1993, (rBGH) is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. It is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone naturally produced in the cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto developed the recombinant version from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and markets it under the brand name Posilac. (1,5)*

rBGH is banned in at least 30 other countries, including the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Israel. It is believed to “…promote conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones. Non-organic dairy farms frequently have rBGH-injected cows that suffer at least 16 different adverse health conditions, including very high rates of mastitis that contaminate milk with pus and antibiotics…” Its potential dangers to human health include increased risk for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. (1,5)*

To make matters worse, the increased use of antibiotics to treat rBGH-induced inflammation in cattle, is now resulting in the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. To what extent these are transmitted to humans is still unknown. Unless a product is labeled “NO rBGH, it most likely contains this ingredient.(1,6)*

To avoid potentially hazardous foods and harmful ingredients permitted in the US food supply, avoid processed foods and those foods on the GMO list. Eat organic whenever possible, and replace your regular meat and dairy sources for organic, grass-fed/pasture-raised versions. Supplement your diet with BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortiaâ„¢, as antibiotic use, chemical additives, pesticides and other foreign substances in our diet need to be sequestered and eliminated and Body Bioticsâ„¢ is beneficial for this process.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. http://yournewswire.com/10-common-american-foods-that-are-banned-in-other-countries/
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/549792-long-term-health-impact-of-bromated-flour/
  3. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm257540.htm
  4. http://www.livescience.com/47032-time-for-us-to-ban-ractopamine.html
  5. http://www.snopes.com/FOOD/WARNINGS/bvo.asp
  6. http://www.sustainabletable.org/797/rbgh
  7. http://americannutritionassociation.org/toolsandresources/milk-america%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2s-health-problem

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