FDA-Approved Food Additives the Rest of the World Considers Poison

America’s toxic food legacy

Roughly 80% of all packaged foods sold in the United States contain ingredients which are illegal in other parts of the world. We’re not just talking about the typical processed food offenders like fake sugar and gluten; We’re talking big time offenders, and they’re all FDA approved.

In Singapore, you can get sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for using Azodicarbonamide; a common FDA-approved chemical found in American frozen dinners which induces asthma. Azodicarbonamide is banned in Australia, United Kingdom, and most of the European Union. It is also used to make bleach and rubber.

According to the FDA, Azodicarbonamide is ‘approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour’ and is ‘permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.’

Citrus drinks such as Mountain Dew, Squirt, and Fresca are made with brominated vegetable oil; a flame retardant used on rugs and carpets and a pool disinfectant.

Brominated vegetable oil is illegal in 100 countries because it has been linked to just about every thyroid disease from cancer to autoimmune diseases.

Learn more about toxic foods

To read more about this subject, pick up Rich Food, Poor Food written by Jayson Calton PhD and Mira Calton, CN.

From their website:

“With over 40,000 food items lining store shelves the decision as to which ones to purchase can often be overwhelming. The Caltons erase consumer confusion in this indispensable grocery store guide”.

Popular media attention

Polarizing the issue is Jamie Oliver; British chef, restaurateur, media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools.

From Medical Daily;

“Chef Jamie Oliver may have won the battle with McDonald’s in 2011, over their use of ammonium hydroxide, but he has yet to win the war. Although McDonald’s stated that the company would discontinue using ammonium hydroxide in their hamburger recipe, it’s still unclear if they are using the trimmings that turn into the so-called “pink slime.” What’s more, ammonium hydroxide is still used throughout food production”.


Sources: Daily Mail, Rich Food Poor Food, Wikipedia, Medical Daily