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10 American Foods That Are Banned in Other Countries

Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.
Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere, which were featured in a recent MSN article.1
Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

#1: FARM-RAISED SALMON

If you want to maximize health benefits from fish, you want to steer clear of farmed fish, particularly farmed salmon fed dangerous chemicals. Wild salmon gets its bright pinkish-red color from natural carotenoids in their diet. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are raised on a wholly unnatural diet of grains (including genetically engineered varieties), plus a concoction of antibiotics and other drugs and chemicals not shown to be safe for humans.
This diet leaves the fish with unappetizing grayish flesh so to compensate, they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals, which has not been approved for human consumption and has well known toxicities. According to the featured article, some studies suggest it can potentially damage your eyesight. More details are available in yesterday’s article.
Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand
How can you tell whether a salmon is wild or farm-raised? The flesh of wild sockeye salmon is bright red, courtesy of its natural astaxanthin content. It’s also very lean, so the fat marks, those white stripes you see in the meat, are very thin. If the fish is pale pink with wide fat marks, the salmon is farmed.
Avoid Atlantic salmon, as typically salmon labeled “Atlantic Salmon” currently comes from fish farms. The two designations you want to look for are: “Alaskan salmon,” and “sockeye salmon,” as Alaskan sockeye is not allowed to be farmed. Please realize that the vast majority of all salmon sold in restaurants is farm raised.
So canned salmon labeled “Alaskan Salmon” is a good bet, and if you find sockeye salmon, it’s bound to be wild. Again, you can tell sockeye salmon from other salmon by its color; its flesh is bright red opposed to pink, courtesy of its superior astaxanthin content. Sockeye salmon actually has one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin of any food.

#2: GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PAPAYA

Most Hawaiian papaya is now genetically engineered to be resistant to ringspot virus. Mounting research now shows that animals fed genetically engineered foods, such as corn and soy, suffer a wide range of maladies, including intestinal damage, multiple-organ damagemassive tumorsbirth defects, premature death, and near complete sterility by the third generation of offspring. Unfortunately, the gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties.
Where it’s banned: The European Union
Unfortunately, it’s clear that the US government is not in a position to make reasonable and responsible decisions related to genetically engineered foods at this point, when you consider the fact that the Obama administration has placed former Monsanto attorney and Vice President, Michael Taylor, in charge of US food safety, and serious conflicts of interest even reign supreme within the US Supreme Court! That’s right. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is also a former Monsanto attorney, but refuses to acknowledge any conflict of interest.

#3: RACTOPAMINE-TAINTED MEAT

The beta agonist drug ractopamine (a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis) 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, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys are pumped full of this drug in the days leading up to slaughter. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket, according to veterinarian Michael W. Fox.
Since 1998, more than 1,700 people have been “poisoned” from eating pigs fed the drug, and ractopamine is banned from use in food animals in no less than 160 different countries due to its harmful health effects! Effective February 11, 2013, Russia issued a ban on US meat imports, slated to last until the US agrees to certify that the meat is ractopamine-free. At present, the US does not even test for the presence of this drug in meats sold. In animals, ractopamine is linked to reductions in reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, and increased death and disability. It’s also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, and may cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes.
Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan)

#4: FLAME RETARDANT DRINKS

If you live in the US and drink Mountain Dew and some other citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, then you are also getting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant.
BVO has been shown to bioaccumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and animal studies have found it causes reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses. Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and a common endocrine disruptor. It’s part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. This can lead to iodine deficiency, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health. Bromine toxicity can manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias. According to the featured article:
“The FDA has flip-flopped on BVO’s safety originally classifying it as ‘generally recognized as safe’ but reversing that call now defining it as an ‘interim food additive’ a category reserved for possibly questionable substances used in food.”
Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan

#5: PROCESSED FOODS CONTAINING ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORS AND DYES

More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients — are added to US foods, including infant foods and foods targeted to young children. Meanwhile, many of these are banned in other countries, based on research showing toxicity and hazardous health effects, especially with respect to adverse effects on children’s behavior. For example, as reported in the featured article:
“Boxed Mac & Cheese, cheddar flavored crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2, the most popularly-used dyes in the United States. Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”
In countries where these food colors and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colorants instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto. The food blogger and activist Vani Hari, better known as “Food Babe,” recently launched a Change.org petition2 asking Kraft to remove artificial dyes from American Mac & Cheese to protect American children from the well-known dangers of these dyes.
Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.

#6: ARSENIC-LACED CHICKEN

Arsenic-based drugs are approved for use in animal feed in the US because they make animals grow quicker and make the meat appear pinker (i.e. “fresher”). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated these products are safe because they contain organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which is a known carcinogen.
The problem is, scientific reports surfaced stating that the organic arsenic could transform into inorganic arsenic, which has been found in elevated levels in supermarket chickens. The inorganic arsenic also contaminates manure where it can eventually migrate into drinking water and may also be causing heightened arsenic levels in US rice.
In 2011, Pfizer announced it would voluntarily stop marketing its arsenic-based feed additive Roxarsone, but there are still several others on the market. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the FDA calling for their removal from the market. In the European Union, meanwhile, arsenic-based compounds have never been approved as safe for animal feed.
Where it’s banned: The European Union

#7: BREAD WITH POTASSIUM BROMATE

You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours. The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.
Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen.
Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

#8: OLESTRA/OLEAN

Olestra, aka Olean, created by Procter & Gamble, is a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat substitute used in fat-free snacks like chips and French fries. Three years ago, Time Magazine3 named it one of the worst 50 inventions ever, but that hasn’t stopped food companies from using it to satisfy people’s mistaken belief that a fat-free snack is a healthier snack. According to the featured article:
“Not only did a 2011 study from Purdue University conclude rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight, there have been several reports of adverse intestinal reactions to the fake fat including diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels. And because it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, the FDA requires these vitamins be added to any product made with Olean or olestra.”
Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada

#9: PRESERVATIVES BHA AND BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are commonly used preservatives that can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer, just to name a few. BHA is known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity, while BHT can cause organ system toxicity.
Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.

#10: MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS LACED WITH RBGH

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. RBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto developed the recombinant version from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and markets it under the brand name “Posilac.”
It’s injected into cows to increase milk production, but it is banned in at least 30 other nations because of its dangers to human health, which include an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer by promoting conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones. Non-organic dairy farms frequently have rBGH-injected cows that suffer at least 16 different adverse health conditions, including very high rates of mastitis that contaminate milk with pus and antibiotics.
“According to the American Cancer Society, the increased use of antibiotics to treat this type of rBGH-induced inflammation ‘does promote the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but the extent to which these are transmitted to humans is unclear,'” the featured article states.
Many have tried to inform the public of the risks of using this hormone in dairy cows, but their attempts have been met with overwhelming opposition by the powerful dairy and pharmaceutical industries, and their government liaisons. In 1997, two Fox-affiliate investigative journalists, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, attempted to air a program exposing the truth about the dangers of rBGH. Lawyers for Monsanto, a major advertiser with the Florida network, sent letters promising “dire consequences” if the story aired.
Despite decades of evidence about the dangers of rBGH, the FDA still maintains it’s safe for human consumption and ignores scientific evidence to the contrary. In 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse or set safety standards for rBGH milk, which has effectively resulted in an international ban on US milk.4 The Cancer Prevention Coalition, trying for years to get the use of rBGH by the dairy industry banned, resubmitted a petition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, in January 2010.5 Although the FDA stubbornly sticks to its position that milk from rBGH-treated cows is no different than milk from untreated cows, this is just plain false and is not supported by science. The only way to avoid rBGH is to look for products labeled as “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH.”
Article Credit: wakeupcallnews.blogspot.com

 

Comments

  1. wow this is very disturbing

    • It would be awfully disturbing if it were true. Fortunately, this is a whole bunch of misinformation and in a few cases, outright lies.
      BTW, folks, Monsanto is NOT the only biotech company in the world. And the EU, while not accepting IMPORTS of biotech products, does not “ban” such products. It simply requires labeling. European giants Syngenta, BASF and Bayer Crop Science are ALL biotech companies, producing every bit as much “GMO” seed as Monsanto.

      • I can’t believe you are actually defending Monsanto.. Whether it is the only biotech co. or not is not the issue and it doesn’t make the above “bunch of misinformation and lies” at all.

        • Yes, MF. You are right.

        • Except it is a bunch of lies. We all know GMO’s are terrible. We all know the list of food above is terrible, but the fact is they aren’t banned anywhere. Canada still sells products with “OLESTRA/OLEAN” in it….and like PJ says so do pretty much all the other places mentioned. I am all for BANNING these foods, don’t get me wrong, but only pointing a finger at America is ridiculous. We are ALL just as bad. Don’t tell me there aren’t any Wal-Marts, or McDonalds in all of the places mentioned?? Like fuck off. This is a bunch of lies because it tells people that our governments care and are working to help us when THEY ARE NOT. All they care about is the money lining their pockets.

          • Andre Richards says:

            Yeah, most of this information is exaggerated or incomplete. Getting a little tired of the anti-American slant on articles like this. I often get the feeling that there is a large contingent of people in the rest of the world intent on making themselves feel superior by finding fault with every aspect of American life. I’m not sure if it’s envy or misinformation or just outright malice, but there seems to be a steady drumbeat that every American is inferior or corrupt. Yadda yadda.

        • aside from whether its lies or not. this commenter isn’t defending monsanto… they’re simply stating there are other hazardous biotech companies making gmo’s too. i think they’re all evil, too.

      • How much do you make per post JP? Monsanto employee directly or just a biotech troll? Why any human in their right mind would oppose labeling in the USA is beyond reasoning.
        Monsanto IS the monster that brought us round-up, DDT, Agent Orange and has incorporated it into most of our corn and soy supply(round-up ready crops). There technology is failing to produce more crops and poisoning our land. If you are defending them- you are making money from them. That simple. The disinformation is being spread by people like you who benefit from the poisoning of our land and people. No one with a shred of intelligence or humanity would agree with or promote Monsanto.

        • MF, ZZ, and JS:
          PJ was not defending Monsanto at all – just pointing out that the EU has its own version of Monsanto. His intent was that you have to be careful anywhere you go. This problem is not unique to the USA.

      • Thanks PJ for a little sanity! Get tired of things getting published without anyone ever questioning the ‘facts’ presented.

      • paul neves says:

        Hawaii Legislature continues to refuses to label if a product is made through GMO. If it is so harmless then why the fight to not label it? Everything else is labeled, sugar, salt, etc… I want to know what I am eating and where and how it was grown !!!!!!

      • Not completely true, PJ. Yes, GMOs are allowed in Europe, but only in animal fodder, not for human consumption.

      • Ogm feed are banned here, and in any case even if we have our biotech companies laws don’t allow to add these ingredients, like arsenic, hormone or worse ammonia.

      • The EU does indeed ban GMOs from the human food supply.

    • VERY DISTURBING!

  2. David Provost says:

    This is disturbing. Again it puts profits before people. Thank God for organic food.

    • Foods can come from genetically engineered seeds and still be certified organic. So actually, so nobody is safe

      • Wrong. A definition of Organic according to the FDA and USDA means not genetically modified along with other things

        • But we have very low standards of “organic” compare to EU

          • And, even worse, many of the board members of the group that certifies food organic have ties to the food industry. Guess where their allegiance lies?

          • Not to mention a lot of the organic food people get come from that 365 brand which is a product of Mexico and is certified organic…in Mexico….which has no standards at all for what is and is not labeled as certified organic.

        • Does FDA have a definition for the term “organic” on food labels?
          No. The term “organic” is not defined by law or regulations FDA enforces.
          http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm214869.htm

          That the USDA has some certification program means nothing, other than them being able to pursue companies that falsely advertise as ‘USDA Certified Organic’.
          I personally don’t think GE is much of a problem. There is natural genetic diversity anyway in all the foods that we eat.
          Anti-biotic misapplication is a problem however, as is artificial hormone supplementation.
          Overall however the biggest problem is that American’s just don’t want to take any responsibility for themselves. Do more exercise. It is the easiest way to improve health..

          • You don’t think genetic engineering is a problem? You don’t think crossing species that would NEVER cross in nature is a problem? You don’t think making your food generate BT toxin is a problem? Or that glyphosate ready GE crops are MEANT to be sprayed with something that is known to cause health defects and cancerous tumors, among other health concerns is a problem? WOW!

          • if bugs die from it, guess who will eventually die from it after being stored in your fat cells and organs for years? Duh, no brainer.

      • Certified organic food CANNOT be grown from gmo seed. You are mistaken.

        • no you are mistaken. many “foods” labeled
          “organic” are indeed genetically modified.

          • Not at all mistaken. I said that “Certified organic food CANNOT be grown from gmo seed.” This is true. I was responding to Megan who claimed that did grown from GM seed could still be labeled as certified organic. You cannot take genetically modified seed, grow zucchini from it, and then make that zucchini as GMO free. You can, apparently, add small amounts of GM additives to foods labeled as certified organic and get say with it, unfortunately. My comment, however, referred to growing food from GM seed, and is correct.

        • This is not true. Organic simply means no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used. GMOs CAN indeed be labeled as organic.

      • Your right and organic was taken over by gooberment so that they can control food supplies. Did you know that you can use pesticide on your product and still be labled organic?? Grow gmo seed and still be organic. Whole foods is allowing “Organic GMO” foods to be sold in their stores.
        I refuse to buy organic and pay the exhorbitant prices for the same product you get that is on the regular shelves. Buy natural grown until the government takes over that name and folks that truely grow regular farm food (Pssst Thats what it was called before the fad of organic food), will come up with a new name to identify that its Good wholesome farm food that goverment does not control

        • My boyfriend works st Whole Foods, but refuses to either eat or shop there. When customers ask whether the Alaskan salmon is farm-raised or wild-caught, he tells them that Whole Foods sets up camp on a river near a salmon run. They wait for bears to catch the salmon, then they shoot the bears and take the salmon away from them. Bahahahaha!

        • Marilyn P. McDougald-Wallace says:

          The fertilizer used to enhance the growth of organic produce comes from animals that have been fed hormones , anti-biotics and who knows what else. You probably get less of the chemicals eating the cheaper foods than Organic the more expensive.

      • Donald Jenkins says:

        Where is the FDA? Or a better question is has there really ever been an FDA? What countries are the group of people from that make up the”U.S. FDA”? If our government gave a sh–. About the people in this “land of the free” then we would not have to worry about any of these foods being brought or bought forany household in AMERICA.! Good God Bless Our Children’s food and their Children’s food! AMEN

      • True. That’s why I only buy non GMO, heirloom seeds for my garden, compost religiously, and shop the local farmers’ markets for non GMO, heirloom produce. Meat isn’t a problem for me as a vegan, but nearly every prepared product I get from Whole Foods still has to be carefully inspected to be certain a lot of these toxins are not on the ingredient list. Vigilance is the key.

    • Monsanto is trying to get rid of organic foods too by providing the government with cheap chemtrails to control global warming. Unfortunately, it is 10,000 times over the aluminum levels in our air per the EPA requirements but they are not stopping it. Aluminum destroys organic plants. Guess who has patents or working on additional patents on aluminum resistant seeds? Monsanto under the disguise others. US government also owns that patent.

    • If you go to the USDA website, they provide a list of chemicals and inorganic compounds that are allowed in their approved “organic” foods. It’s all bullshit. Our agriculture department is made up of chemists and sales people, and those in power have ties to Monsanto. They can do whatever they want. Because they regulate themselves. And until the masses are knowledged and care enough to stand up against it, we will continue to be cancer ridden, among hundreds more maladies. The lethargy that comes from the chemical laced processed foods we ingest, is preventing us from giving a damn.

  3. Johnny Buice says:

    Sounds like there’s no way to stay safe unless you own a farm.

    • Or live some other country where they care about people before $$$$$$.

      • Donald Jenkins says:

        Where is the FDA? Or a better question is has there really ever been an FDA? What countries are the group of people from that make up the”U.S. FDA”? If our government gave a sh–. About the people in this “land of the free” then we would not have to worry about any of these foods being brought or bought forany household in AMERICA.! Good God Bless Our Children’s food and their Children’s food! AMEN

    • Totally agree with Johnny. Don’t trust any food whether it is labeled Certified Organic, No GMO’s, gluten free ect… the list goes on and on. So unless we all have our own farm raising our own animals and vegetables for consumption we are pretty much f#*! in America!

      • it’s not that difficult to start a very small garden that can atleast give you some food back. i live in a tiny 500 square foot apartment with a very, very small back ‘area’ (i wouldnt even call it a backyard, its about the size of a half bath with a fence around it), and i grow a lot of food there. jalapenos, bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, every herb imaginable, lemongrass, lemons and limes. i grow this all in pots and garden bags that you get online for 25 for $6.00. of course, someone will respond about how they live in an apartment on the 5th floor with no balcony, you can always put plants near a window and you should be able to grow 2-3 different things, and you dont have to worry about pests. you can grow tomatoes and peppers year around indoors.

  4. there is nothing new here. The AMerican sheep is never thinking. IT follows like herd. The American politicians and businessmen are a product of American society, which values dollar more than anything and puts selfish goals above the rest of socety. Never mind it will affect itheir child, mother and so on down the road. The net effect is complete breakdown of morality, exercise of repsonsibility and judgement. It obviously goes not only in production sector but also in control and regulation. Net reuslt is Americans are poisoning themselves and killing each other while working hard to make that extra dollar. Anything is not clear here?

    • Totally Agree With Joe Jane. Well stated

    • well,,,it’s clear that you are not an American. you make us all sound like stupid evil people. maybe you should clean up your own kitchen cabinets before rilfling through ours. yes, this is a disgrace but do not lump all Americans into the same catagory as the people who do these stupid things.

    • Yes, you are right Joe Jane, but at least we Americans have the ability to shoot each other to minimize suffering. Not likely wherever you’re from. So sorry!

    • My reading has shown that some organics can still be GM, it has to be labeled non GMO……this country , the US can and does produce non GMO for other countries, why not for us???because WE the people allow it….what a shame…wise up and take control of your own health is what I tell my patients…and for your own sakes educate yourselves and make better decisions.

    • Wow. That’s quite an indictment of “americans”, which you refer to as “american sheep”. Let me ask you a question: if you were an American and wanted nutritious, non-GMO modified food, where would you go? What would you do? All of our corn is already GMO modified and it’s in everything. I’ve been trying to find whole grain that isn’t GMOd so I can make my own bread! And sugar is in EVERYTHING here, including bread. So I’m happy for you, that wherever you live you don’t have to deal with these problems, but the majority of the American people are VICTIMS, and not sheep, of the food industry here.

  5. Emma Davis says:

    I have recently cut dairy out of my diet because of the process it goes thru before it is sold to the consumer. I raise my own beef and pork and we raise chickens for eggs. After limiting my processed food I have dropped 20pounds and fill wonderful. We are slowly killing our selves with all the chemicals that are added to the food we buy!
    Farmers Markets and local foods are the way to go!

  6. disgusted says:

    This is an eye-opener. I’m glad I didn’t vote for Obama, now that I know he favors these Monsanto people.

    • well…voting for Romney would have been far worse my dear..in case you didn’t notice, the Republicans are entirely about corporations and how to make sure they keep making money hand over fist with no regard for the PEOPLE of this country, except to the extent that Citizens United and other corporations are now considered people (hmmm…but those are people that won’t be harmed by GMO foods…gee…almost seems like someone dreamed it up that way, doesn’t it??)…and don’t read too much into the official position on Monsanto either…their day is coming sooner than later when the thin veil of ‘support’ evaporates before their eyes. Meanwhile…have at it with all the GMOs and other unhealthy options out there…eat up…yum yum.

  7. Eating RAW is BEST! This is ridiculous. Not shocking, but opened my eyes again!

  8. I am going to live on a farm. No more grocery stores.

  9. This is a great article! It seems easy to feel defeated, with the poor standards the United States accepts for the safety (if any) of its citizens, in the name of corporate profits. But there are ways to fight back. There are major boycotts going on regarding GMO’s and parent companies, and voting with your dollar is one of the biggest weapons we have. You can go to farmers markers for your food. You can join a farm share. You can choose to eat out less often, at better restaurants where this crap is not served (I was a Chef: most Chefs find this sort of thing disgusting; just ask, they’ll be straight with you where the salmon is from, or what kind of flour is being used). If we want a better food chain, we have to fight for it!

    • One of my thoughts, but the local growers are not supervised on what chemicals to keep the bugs off correct? Wish I was raising my own food also!!!! So many teachers and my own observation is showing a hugh difference in their behaviors. Teachers try to control it with sweets!!!!!

  10. I’ve been saying this for years…coming to the USA from the UK where I knew most of these things where banned…thank you for a well written and research article.

  11. This explains why American food tastes ‘hollow’ and lacking in good nutrition when compared with other countries

  12. [citation needed]

  13. That’s just plain disturbing to know that these banned foods are so regularly used in the USA

  14. Farmed salmon is NOT banned in New Zealand. I live in New Zealand, and I can buy farmed salmon in the stores, or directly from any of the many salmon farms around the country. I am not sure of the article’s other claims, but the fact checking done of this article is not thorough.

  15. Um farm raised salmon isn’t banned in New Zealand. There’s several salmon farms here and quite a few of them are open to the public so you can see they’re being treated well.

  16. The only surprise here is that anyone is surprised. The US food industry is disgusting. People know it (and have known it for years) but do nothing. But too many of the buying public are either apathetic, ignorant or both. The politicians are spineless and/or corrupt. The various stages of the food chain will get away with whatever they can because the $ reigns supreme.

  17. Martha Martinez says:

    Thanks Michelle . This info is a must for Americans. I have a couple of sayings worth repeating that I practice.
    ” if it has more than five ingredients don’t buy it”
    ” if it has an ingredient whose name your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it don’t eat it”
    Cousin Martha

  18. At least we now know that one of the major cause for the increase in cancer rates could very well be our own FDA!!!! What about the drastic increases of Autism in kids???

  19. The government has run out of guinea pigs so guess what they’re using now??? It’s disgusting how they allow genetically altered foods to be distributed in the US. Out bodies aren’t “configured” to digest what they’re changing food into, for example, wheat. I believe the skyrocketing cases of cancer and diabetes are the results but there’s too much money to be made off of the treatments; we all know they’re in bed with the government so it’s still allowed. TSK TSK TSK!! We need to take a stand on our food and get these practices STOPPED!!!!!!

  20. Happy2BEUropean says:

    This is gross. It is hard to understand how these kind of toxins are allowed to be used in the food production.
    I hope The US Gov will learn from us, and take responsibility of the heatlh of americans..

  21. Cathy Scott says:

    Thank you, Dr. Anna! That is very similar to what I discovered about Kraft on my own a day or two ago. It is there policy to not use GMO ingredients where it is banned, but have no qualms about using it in their products for American consumption. http://www.mondelezinternational.com/DeliciousWorld/food-safety-quality/biotech.aspx (Kraft is now partnered with or owned by Mondelez Global.)

  22. the real criminals are this people that agree on accepting all this poisons to be used in our food! this are the ones that need to be judge!

  23. There is nothing INHERENTLY wrong with genetically engineered foods. Many foods have been genetically engineered for higher yield, longer shelf life (from genetics, not from chemicals), etc., all in the battle against hunger — wherever it occurs. There are many other benefits that can be achieved through science, as well, that are beneficial.

    You can’t just lump all GE foods into a “Rotten” bucket. Check out http://www.worldfoodprize.org and Dr. Borlaug’s work.

  24. This list contains seven of the same food items as a BuzzFeed piece back in June, “Eight Foods That We Eat in The US That Are Banned in Other Countries” and has some of the same problems that article did.

    It’s worth reading a professional chemists’ take on the matter before getting too excited about it. http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2013/06/21/eight_toxic_foods_a_little_chemical_education.php

  25. We can not say GMO’s are controlled as cross pollination will pollute all our food, if our bees don’t die out first.
    Nor can we say what the benefits or hazards of GMOs are as we know too little about genetics.
    Breeding foxes for less aggression caused all kinds of changes from the color of their fur to the vocalizations they made.
    We are eternally that youth that believes we know it all and that our Mother nature is a idiot !

  26. These companies have gone mad!

  27. mildred martinez says:

    Now that we know how much damage these agricultural giants do, we must start looking a what to do about it. Not easy, but it has to be done.

  28. What about Trader Joe’s? Have always thought they provided an alternative to buying in large markets. Have thought they had provided healthier food choices. Anyone have any idea?

  29. Chuckie Chuck says:

    I don’t know about all of this… This one time I had a turtle and I used to let it walk around my backyard. Well, guess what? A train crashed near my house and this barrel of green ooze launched from one of the train-cars and landed in my backyard. Before I knew it was back there, my turtle must have walked in the ooze, because when I got home and finally realized the barrel of ooze was back there my turtle started to grow. I don’t mean like grow a little – I mean it grew a lot. I got home at 5:00pm and by 7:00pm it had almost grown to the size of a 10 or 11 year old child. So what do I do? Afraid that the turtle was going to grow any larger, I had to put it down. I grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped its head off (I felt terrible). After I buried the head, all that remained was his carcass. Now, I’m not one to waste a creature of mother nature, so I start thinking about what I can do with the carcass. I figured, it is still fresh meat, so what could the harm be? I chopped up that big ol turtle and I put him into a few pots. Then I added some onions, potatoes, butter, cream, milk, and seasoning into each of the pots and let it cook for about an hour. I tell you what, that was the best damn turtle stew that I have ever had. After my meal, I got to thinking – what was I going to do with all of the leftovers. I probably had about 25-35 pounds of turtle stew left over. So I put it into a few gallon buckets and set them in the fridge. That week some of my friends came over and I let them taste the stew – they loved it! So again, I got to thinking, if that ooze in my backyard had turned my turtle from the size of a river rock to the size of a full grown great dane, what would it do to other animals? Let’s just say that week was full of experimentation: cats, dogs, gold fish, birds – practically anything I could get my hands on went into that ooze. My tabby cat grew to the size of a lion before I had to put her down, the stray dog I found grew to the size of Clifford (that big red dog) before we had to shoot it, the gold fish grew to the size of a whale before we had our Japanese friend spear it to death (there still is quite a bit of a mess in my pool), and the blue jay we put in the ooze actually flew away (please contact me if you have seen it). So, here I am with all of these giant domestic animals dead in my possession. Well, like I said, I’m not one to let mother nature’s creations go to waste. I started to butcher the animals then donate the meat to local food shelters and low income areas. I thought I was doing a great service to the community. I even got an account with the city to provide the meat used in the county jail and the schools in the city’s district. However, flash forward a few months and something weird started happening. I typically used some of the biproducts from the giant animals I was slaughtering to feed my pet rat or chickens. But about two weeks ago, I came to feed my rat and his cage was empty. It wasn’t the first time he escaped, but after looking for him for a few days, he was no where to be found. One night, about a week later, I heard knocking on my back door. I went to answer it and couldn’t make out who it is, but when I slid the door open there he was – my rat, but he was five feet tall. I could tell it was my rat because his right ear was missing a tinny piece on the top left and he had a white spot on his brown fur behind his left ear. He stood in front of me holding a walking stick mumbling something with a really heavy Japanese accent. He said that he wanted me to “stop shredding before it was too late.” He also told me that I killed someone called Michelangelo. It was really weird – I told him to wait by the door for a minute and I ran to my room to get my gun. I figured it might give my meat a bad reputation if someone saw a five foot rat going around talking like the last samurai – I didn’t want to lose my business with the city. But when I got back it was too late. The rat had moved to the other side of the yard which was too far for me to get a good shot. I saw him drop what looked like four turtles in the pool of glowing ooze he kept mumbling about how good ruffles was doing and that he was a fan of Leonardo’s films. I don’t know. All I know is that rat put those turtles into a big potato sack and ran far into the darkness of the night. I guess the point of my story is – don’t invite a Japanese man over to kill a giant gold fish in your pool or you will be spending a few weeks trying to fix the pool filter and cleaning blubber out of the pool.

  30. I want to know more about Trader Joes Foods Please….

  31. You can grow your own food and fish with Aquaponics. My son has invented and is selling a small version for home use and grow our own sustainable food with this system. Its the wave of the future. Check it out and buy one.
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  32. food4thought says:

    one way to find out for yourself what the truth is, is to look at the list of symptoms associated with these foods, see if you have any, cut the ingredients out of your diet, see if your health improves and what happens when you add it back. I was not one bit surprised about the weird stuff in bread because I noticed for years that I have a strange reaction exactly as described to breads sold at your typical American grocery store, so I rarely eat it. also, its pretty much common sense that if you overpopulate and area with fish or people or whatever, disease will ensue.

  33. Thanks for helping to make people aware of the foods they eat. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Incidentally, New Zealand does not ban farmed salmon, we farm salmon and market the product worldwide–a fairly significant export for this country. In fact, Wikipedia says NZ accounts for 50% of the farmed king salmon on the international market. I haven’t heard a straight answer about what the fish are fed but I don’t for a moment imagine it is what salmon would naturally eat. They claim NZ farmed salmon is grown without antibiotics or growth hormones, and it is grown in a pretty natural environment. I also know the flesh of NZ farmed salmon bears only a passing similarity to the wild Alaska salmon I grew up eating, and I still consider canned Alaska salmon a superior product to NZ fresh salmon healthwise. For more on NZ salmon farming, this you tube video is kind of tacky, but covers the territory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8WcoW64PwQ

  34. Since we’re on the topic of disgusting things done to our food, has anyone else in Canada noticed over the last year or so all chicken sold is restaurants seems to be changing in texture? It’s very rubbery and gristly and absolutely disgusting! Every time I mentioned it to a friend or family member they tell me I’m being silly but I swear its changed. I’m sure they all started buying processed chicken breast or something because its cheaper. I refuse to eat chicken anywhere now, I’m just so disgusted! Anyone else notice this/know wtf they are doing to our meat?

  35. I believe this article. It explains the “diet” my mom’s doctor put her on which eliminates all these foods…

  36. Some very good info here, EXCEPT, there doesn’t seem to be any explanation on how to determine if the product in the grocery store contains any of the objectionable additives…
    For example: Great that Pfizer Inc has eliminated arsenic-based feed, but how do we know if the producer of the chicken being sold uses another feed product that has arsenic? Similar questions for each of the items listed above (and hundreds more that aren’t listed here)

  37. Shocking actually.. so as far as bread goes, does this mean that if I stick with Pepperidge Frams, I’ll be relatively ok? (as compared to the other breads).

  38. Douchebags.

  39. arsenic laced kichen, flame retardant drinks, what the?
    I keep a little card in my wallet that I can look up when I go shopping on colours, preservatives,antioxidants and flavour enhancers to avoid. Man made food is killing us.

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