Many of the foods freely consumed by the American population are banned in other countries around the world because of health concerns. The following everyday items are among the most common:
1. Milk produced using rBGH:
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone or rBGH is a man-made hormone used by dairy farmers to boost milk production in their cows. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved it for consumption in America in 1993 but it is banned in many other countries including Canada and the E.U. (European Union).
Why is rBGH a banned food?
Scientific studies have revealed a potential link between the consumption of milk produced using rBGH and an increased risk of developing certain cancers.
2. Bread containing potassium bromate:
Potassium bromate is used in the bread-making process to enhance the flour and make the dough stronger. Bakers in America have been encouraged to voluntarily stop using potassium bromate in the bread-making process but its use has been banned totally in many other countries including Canada and the U.K.
Why is potassium bromate a banned food?
Scientific research has uncovered a potential link between potassium bromate consumption and cancer.
3. Meat containing ractopamine:
Ractopamine is a growth additive used across much of America in the production of meat from cattle and pig sources. Its use is currently banned in 160 countries around the world.
Why is ractopamine a banned food?
Studies using animals have found ractopamine consumption can have many detrimental effects on health including birth defects and disability. Studies into the effects on human health are on-going.