10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries

Many foods which we use on everyday basis are banned in the rest of the world due to the content of various preservatives, toxins, colorings, and flavorings.

Fortunately, people in our country are starting to become more self-conscious and to take good care about their valuable health. So, if you are a person that is also concerned about your health, then you will find this article useful since we will provide you with a list of the 10 foods which are sold in America, but banned in other countries due to health reasons.

Therefore, read carefully and never use the following foods:

  1. Ractopamine-tainted Meat

This meat has in its content the drug called ractopamine which has the ability to produce more meat and as well as enhances protein synthesis. Thanks to this quality, it is included to almost 45% of U.S. pigs, 30% of ration-fed cattle, and turkeys.

The U.S. still do not ban this drug which is considered illegal in 160 European countries, Russia, mainland China and the Republic of China.

  1. Arsenic-laced Chicken

Drugs which are based on arsenic have the ability to speed-up the growth of animals making their meat pink and because of that they are widely used in our country as animal food.

According to FDA these drugs are considered to be safe because they are less toxic in an inorganic form. However, numerous studies reveal that organic arsenic can be transformed into inorganic arsenic, and damage the health. As a result of that, arsenic-based drugs are banned in the European Union.

  1. Farm-raised Salmon

Salmon raised in farms are on an unnatural diet based on grains with antibiotics or other drugs as a result of which their flesh becomes gray. In order to fix this, farmers feed them with synthetic astaxanthin, which is made from petrochemicals.

Countries like Australia and New Zealand ban the use of these chemicals on farmed salmon.

  1. Milk and Dairy Laced with rBGH

For greater production of milk, the cows are injected with RBGH, a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin. This chemical increases the risk of cancer as it alters the normal tissue cells into cancerous ones, and therefore it is banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, and the European Union.

  1. Baked Goods with Potassium Bromate

Potassium Bromateis an additive frequently included in breads and baked goods, which significantly affects the function of the thyroid, damages the kidney and nervous system; then causes gastrointestinal discomfort and cancer. Because of all these valid reasons, it is banned in Canada, China, and the European Union.

  1. Olestra/Olean

Olestra is produced by Procter & Gamble and it is a replacement for calorie-free and cholesterol-free added to fat-free snacks. It does not matter if the product is free of fat and cholesterol, as the content of this chemical can cause diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels, and because of that it is illegal in the United Kingdom and Canada.

  1. Artificial Colors and Dyes

In the states, foods have in their content over 3,000 preservatives, flavorings, and colors, which are most likely to have severe side-effects like cancer, birth defects, and behavioral issues. They are illegal in Austria and Norway.

  1. Flame Retardant Drinks

The US citizens are great fan of citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, but all of them contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO) which is a synthetic chemical initially used by chemical companies as a flame retardant. It is illegal in Europe and Japan because it acts as a depressant to the central nervous system.

  1. Genetically Engineered Papaya

The majority of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered so that it can be resistant to ringspot virus. However, thanks to this way of breeding illnesses like tumors, organ damage, intestinal damage, birth defects, and premature death in animals appear. It is banned in the European Union, but still not banned in the U.S.

  1. BHA and BHT

The common preservatives present in our food are BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). Many studies have already revealed that BHA causes cancer in rats, and as well as may cause cancer in people. Because of that, they are already banned in Japan and parts of the European Union, and the United Kingdom banned their use in the production of baby food.