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Listed below are ten American foods that are banned in other countries, and you might be surprised they include fish, meat, and a fruit!
(1) Food with preservatives BHA and BHT(banned in Japan, U.K.)
The chemicals butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are added in butter spread, cereals, and chewing gums and other foods as preservatives. These food enhancers can cause cancer.
(2) Bread with potassium bromate(banned in some European countries, Canada, China)
Potassium bromate is an additive mixed in flour to make breads, cakes, and pastries. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in France said that it could cause cancer.
(3) Processed food with food additives(banned in Austria, Norway)
Examples of food additives include artificial colors, artificial flavorings, and preservatives. These additives are found out to be toxic to human health.
(4) Meat treated with ractopamine(banned in 160 European countries, China, Russia, Taiwan)
According to the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, the animal feed additive called ractopamine could be poisonous for humans. It could also cause heart-related diseases, which makes it included in the list of American foods that are banned in other countries.
(5) Farmed salmon(banned in Australia, New Zealand)
Grain-based diets are used to raise farmed salmon. This kind of diet is completely unnatural because the salmon are being fed with genetically-engineered grains. Not only that, certain chemicals and drugs (e.g., some types of antibiotics) that are all harmful to humans are added to the grains.
(6) Dairy products and milk with rBGH(banned in Europe, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand)
The dairy animal drug called recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) makes cows produce more milk. However, rBGH (sold in the market as “Posilac”) could cause different types of cancer in humans, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.
(7) Genetically-engineered papaya(banned in some European countries)
The papayas from Hawaii are mostly modified genetically, and when that happens, the said process alters the natural contents of a papaya. When consumed by humans, there could be harmful effects.
That makes the delicious papaya – if genetically engineered – as one of the American foods that are banned in other countries. Too bad it’s rich in vitamins A, C, and E.
(8) Beverages with brominated vegetable oil (BVO)(banned in Europe, Japan)
BVO could badly affect the behavior of humans and could even cause reproduction-related problems.
One example of a drink that contains BVO is Mountain Dew.
(9) Chicken laced with arsenic(banned in some European countries)
The U.S. government approved the use of drugs with arsenic because they can make chickens grow faster and their meat more pinkish. When meat is pink, it means it's fresh.
Arsenic is a toxic chemical and could even cause cancer.
(10) Olestra/Olean(banned in Canada, U.K.)
The American company Procter & Gamble made a fat substitute called olestra (also referred to as olean). Olestra is now used in making fried potato strips (that’s french fries for you!) and chips.
Olestra can cause problems to the human intestines, making some of those delicious snacks containing it as those American foods that are banned in other countries.