when it was first patented, it has remained legal in the
U.S., even though in 1982 it was found to cause cancer
in the thyroids and kidneys of rats and mice. Since that
time, it has been banned in the European Union, China
Synthetic hormones. Fake hormones such
as rBGH and rBST made by Monsanto are
injected into cows to extend their peak milk
production cycles—more milk, more money.
Many studies have shown that these synthetic hormones
vastly increase the risk of breast cancer. Both rBGH and
rBST have been banned in 30 countries.
Fat-free substitute. Olestra is a fat-substi-
tute chemical that is found in French fries
and potato chips. It is billed as a “fat-free
substitute” for butter, but has been linked
to a high risk of weight gain. It has been named one of
the worst substances ever created and is banned in the
United Kingdom and Canada.
Pink Slime. “Lean, finely textured beef”
is best known as “Pink Slime.” It is a beef-based product that reduces the overall fat
content of ground beef. In 2001, the U.S.
limited Pink Slime to no more than 25 percent in each
pound of ground beef or beef-based packaged products.
The reasoning? Pink Slime is exposed to ammonia to kill
E.coli and Salmonella bacteria. Pink Slime is outlawed in
Canada and the European Union.
Food color & dyes. We are more
attracted to brightly colored food. The
large commercial food companies know
this and add artificial colors and dyes to
many of our favorite foods to make them more appeal-
ing. Some of these dyes and chemicals are linked to can-
cer, birth defects and behavioral problems. Norway and
Austria have banned the coloring of food products. ❏
Farmed salmon. To produce salmon at a
more cost-effective and rapid pace, salmon
are being farmed by the tens of thousands
in small single-net cages. Not only are there
many environmental risks with farmed salmon, there are
also health risks too. Wild salmon gets its pink or reddish
flesh from its diet of krill and plankton, which contains
astaxanthin. This natural antioxidant is in the same fami-
ly of beta-carotenes that gives carrots their orange color.
Farmed salmon are often fed an unnatural diet of grains,
as well as antibiotics and other drugs, which can cause
their flesh to turn a grayish color. Since customers expect
salmon to be pink, they are unlikely to buy the grayish
salmon. This led fish-farming companies to find a way
to make synthetic astaxanthin to feed the fish, which
artificially makes the salmons’ flesh change to the
desired pink/red hue. This chemical fed to salmon has
been banned in Australia and New Zealand.
Azodicarbonamide. Don’t worry if you
can’t pronounce azodicarbonamide, because
you can just call it bleach, because that
is exactly what it does. This chemical is
banned in most European countries, Singapore and
Australia. It is used as a flour bleaching agent and dough
conditioner, as well as being used to make yoga mats
and sneaker soles. In America, it is found in our boxed
pasta mixes, breads, frozen dinners and packaged baked
goods. The World Health Organization linked azodicar-
bonamide to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.
Flame-retardant. Brominated vegetable
oil (BVO) was first patented by chemical
companies as a flame-retardant. It was
approved by the FDA in 1977 and has been
used by numerous companies such as Gatorade, Coca-
Cola and Mountain Dew. In recent years, reports of the
toxic effects of the chemical have become public. This
led some companies to report that they have stopped
using the flame-retardant in their products. It has been
banned in 19 countries since.
Tainted meat. Ractopamine is a drug used
in a large percentage of U.S livestock. Why?
To make the animals more muscular and
reduce the fat content, which in turn produces
more revenue. It has many side effects to the cardio-
vascular system. Much of the drug’s research has been
hidden by the FDA, which has been sued for withhold-
ing information about ractopamine. The drug has been
banned in more than 160 countries around the world.
Arsenic-laced chicken. That’s right. The
chemical that has been used by terrorists to
kill innocent people is approved by the FDA
to be used in chicken feed. The reason?
The chicken grow quicker and look more appealing with
arsenic-laced feed. The use of arsenic in food is banned
in 28 countries. The ingestion of this substance can
cause anemia, skin lesions, kidney failure and
Flour. Potassium bromate is a powerful oxi-
dizing agent that chemically ages flour much
faster than open air. It also bleaches dough
and enhances its elasticity. It is found in
many popular hamburger and hot dog buns. Since 1914,
AMERICAN FOODS THAT ARE BANNED
AROUND THE WORLD