Oct 172013

Foods Allowed In The US But Banned Elsewhere

As we strive to bring healthier options in our home, we’ve explored other countries food habits and were not all that surprised to learn that American grocery stores are filled with food items that are banned in other countries.

Ractopamine-tainted meat

The drug was recruited for livestock use when researchers found that the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular. This reduces the overall fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is currently used in about 45 percent of US pigs and 30 percent of ration-fed cattle.

Banned in 160 countries including Russia, China, and Great Britain.

Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated Vegetable Oil was originally created and is still used as a flame retardant. In the US most citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks include this with the biggest drink with BVO being Mountain Dew.

Banned in Europe and Japan.

Artificial food coloring

Food companies are having to use more costly natural food coloring in these regions with the biggest one probably being Kraft and more specifically Kraft boxed Mac & Cheese which is using Paprika to give its product a yellow finish.

Banned in Norway, Austria, and soon the entire European Union.

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)

RBGH which is dairy using cows which are given recombinant bovine growth hormone to increase production but is banned due to human health, which include an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer by promoting conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones.

Banned in over 30 countries including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Farm-Raised Salmon

Farmed raised salmon are feed grains which they do not eat in the wild plus a constant supply of antibiotics in order to give farm raised salmon the pinkish color that occurs in wild salmon naturally. They are fed synthetic astaxanthin which is not approved for human consumption in any country. China is the largest producer of farm raised salmon even though the ban their citizens from eating it.

Banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

This is probably one of the reasons Americans are not in the top 5 healthiest countries to live and why there are even more foods that are banned elsewhere but allowed in the US.

Are there any banned foods on this list that surprised you?

Author: Tim

Dad to two boys living in rural farm country. Follow Tim on Twitter. Timothy Embler

  7 Responses to “5 Foods Allowed In The US Which Are Banned Elsewhere”

  1. Wow, I know that we are told over and over again to look at labels and to eat more non-processed foods. This really shows the reasons why. Thanks for sharing. It will be still a long hard battle to get some of these items out of our foods. I think that some progress is being made, but still a long road.

  2. Yikes! That stuff is scary! I remember a few months ago my husband showing me the oil one. Thank goodness we don’t eat any of that stuff…that we know of!

  3. We’re working really hard to keep these out of our foods, but they are everywhere! So frustrating.

  4. Ugh it is so frustrating. Really irks me that Kraft mac and cheese uses dye in OUR food but not in other country’s.

  5. This is great information to have!

  6. I really do wish they’d do away with artificial food colors, there’s no good use for them IMO.

  7. I think my country should be much worse than the USA. Animal innards are traditional food. Thank you for sharing.

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