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Top 10 foods, additives and preservatives that are banned in many countries except US

We all know that processed or packaged foods are not good for your health. However, you will be surprised to know how much known toxic foods, additives and preservatives that are banned in European Union and many advanced countries around the world, are not banned in US and in fact are regulated safe in US by FDA.

As a matter of fact, thousands of products in US are made with substances that are banned in countries like UK, Germany, France and even Canada. You probably know that 30 countries have banned the use of GMOs in their food supply, yet hidden GMOs are regulated safe in US by FDA. Here are the top 10 foods, additives and preservatives that are banned in many countries except US:

Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries

1. Olestra or Olean:

Olestra is used in low fat products that contain no calories, no cholesterol and no fat and is also used as cooking oil for frying. Olestra first created by Proctor and Gamble was first approved by FDA as a food additive and a replacement for unhealthy oils. However, later on it became clear that besides removing fat from foods, olestra blocks the body’s ability to absorb essential minerals and vitamins. Olestra used in fat free fried foods like fries or potato chips has been linked to gastrointestinal problems, bowel syndrome, cramps and weight gain. While countries like UK and Canada have banned olestra, FDA has kept this toxic oil as a legal food additive and oil for cooking.

2. Brominated vegetable Oil (BVO)

Brominated vegetable oil is used in sport drink and sodas in order to keep flavor oils in soft drinks in suspension and give drinks a great homogenized color. BVO is so poisonous that it is banned in 100 countries and just two ounces of a 2% solution of BVO can severely poison a child. Brominated vegetable oil is driven from corn or soy and is bonded with bromine. When the body absorbs bromine, it replaces iodine and causes iodine deficiency. Brominated vegetable oil can increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovary cancer, thyroid problems and infertility.

3. Potassium Bromate

Potassium Bromate is banned in many countries including European Union, Brazil, Canada and even China. Potassium Bromate is used as a powerful oxidizing agent in baking since it bleaches and improves the elasticity of dough. Potassium Bromate is commonly used in commercial baking to make baking process faster and cheaper and end product becomes much more soft, unnaturally white and fluffy. Potassium bromated is linked to kidney problems, neurological disorder and cancer.


Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are commonly used as frying oils for cooling and re-heating in many fast-food restaurants.  Both BHA/BHT are also used as preservative in cereals, processed meat, candies and even gums. BHA/BHT is banned in European countries and Japan with exception of US. BHA/BHT doesn’t do a lot of damage except insomnia, increased appetite, loss of energy, liver and kidney damage, fetal abnormalities, mental and physical retardation, cancer and baldness.

5. Azodicarbonamide

Azodicarbonamide considered as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by FDA is commonly used as bleaching agent in baking white bread, cakes and pastries. Azodicarbonamide is the reason why the bread you bought is still soft and fresh after few days. Azodicarbonamide also improves the flour’s strength and elasticity. Most European countries and Australia have banned the use of azodicarbonamide and some countries including Singapore have severe penalties (15 years in jail and $450,000 fine) for using azodicarbonamide. Azodicarbonamide have been linked to asthma and allergies.

Among many foods, McDonald’s meat has azodicarbonamide flour-bleaching agent. There are 70 ingredients in McDonald’s McRib including “Restructured Meat’ from Pig Heart, Tongue, Stomach and azodicarbonamide (usually used in the production of foamed plastics).

McDonald’s among millions of other fast food restaurants knows that people never eat a cow or pig heart, tongue and stomach. But, if you grind these ingredients and hide them in a usual rip or meat sandwich, the consumers won’t know what they are eating.

According to chicagomag.com, the innovator of this technology, Roger Mandigo said back in 1995:

"Most people would be extremely unhappy if they were served cow/pig heart or tongue on a plate," he observed. "But flaked into a restructured product it loses its identity. Such products as tripe, heart, and scalded stomachs are high in protein, completely edible, wholesome, and nutritious, and most are already used in sausage without objection."

However, if Mr Mandigo and MacDonald’s shareholders call heart, stomach and tongue of dead animals injected with hormones and antibiotics “high in protein, edible, wholesome, and nutritious”, then how about calling deep-fried raccoon’s ass covered in butter and sauce also “high in protein, edible, wholesome, and nutritious”? However, it would be nice to have MacDonald’s shareholders on that diet for a month and see the results of all that nutritious food.


6. Artificial food coloring and synthetic food dyes

Artificial food coloring and dyes are banned in many countries including Norway, France, Austria, UK and Finland. However, partially anything that comes inside a package in America ranging from candies, cheese, cereals to sport dinks or cakes have artificial dyes in them. Artificial dyes are made from chemicals that are driven from petroleum and are linked to neurological problems, brain cancer, ADD, ADHD and hyperactivity in children.

7. rBGH or rBST hormones

rBGH and rBST hormones are one of the toxic masterpieces of Monsanto approved by FDA in 1993. In fact, Margaret Miller was one of the top scientists at Monsanto who was working on developing rBGH growth hormones. Later on Miller was appointed as Deputy Director of FDA by George Bush Sr. Soon after she took the office; Miller approved the same bovine growth hormones that she discovered during her work at Monsanto.

Today, cows are treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST) for increase in their milk production. http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/raw-milk-homogenized-pasteurized-whole-fat-low-fat-skimmed-milk-infertility/

The hormones lower the immune system of cows and many cows get painful udder infection. In order to ease their pain, cows are given injection of antibiotics and that’s how hormones and antibiotics find their way into our food and water supply. http://seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/hormones-gmos-harms/

rBGH, rBST growth hormones have been linked to breast and prostate  cancer, thyroid disease, diabetes, obesity, infertility, asthma and allergies.  Bovine growth hormones are also linked to early puberty and as a result of hormones, girls at the age of 5 and men in their 40s are growing breast.

One of the countries that stood firmly against the use of Bovine growth hormones was France and it actually had to pay a very high price. France has zero tolerance policy for using hormones and rejected to buy cows from US during George Bush presidency. US retaliated by increasing steel import tariff’s during GATT talks to punish the French government and accused them of being anti-American. Today, bovine growth hormones are banned in many countries throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and France itself.

Neonicotinoid pesticides

8. Neonicotinoid pesticides

While European Union has put a two-year ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture rejects banning this neurotoxin linked to colony collapse of bees. http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/neonicotinoid-pesticides-bees-colony-collapse.php

Recently, we posted an article on how systemic pesticides including neonicotinoid exist inside the plant’s tissue and not just the plants exterior. In fact, these pesticides can remain in the soil for up to 500 days after their use and other plants grown in the treated soil could produce toxic nectar and pollen. http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/systemic-pesticides-nitroguanidine.php

Neonicotinoid pesticides can cause neurological problems and children who are exposed to neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors when they are still in their mother’s womb, have higher risk of developing cancer, neurological problems and mental disorders including autism, ADD and ADHD.

9. Arsenic

Arsenic is a toxic chemical that causes cancer or even death in high dosages. You will be surprised to know that arsenic is added to chickens diet by food industry on purpose to make chickens meat look pink and fresh. European Union has banned the use of arsenic in chickens’ feed. http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/genetically-modified-chickens/

10. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde also known as methanol or methylene oxide is a toxic flammable gas used in the production of fertilizers, bleaching agents, food preservatives, hair straightening products and personal care products like baby shampoo and soap. Food companies add Formaldehyde to processed foods such as milk or noodles meats to extend their shelves life.

According to a document by EPA, FDA regulates formaldehyde as a food additive (used as a defoaming agent, and in the feed of animals used for food sources including some chicken and fish). http://www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/Formaldehyde_summary.pdf

Formaldehyde can damage human cell and long term exposure to Formaldehyde can cause cancer including leukemia and short term exposure can cause watery or burning eyes, asthma, headaches, skin irritation, and nausea. Formaldehyde is banned in many countries including the European Union.





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