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5 Foods Banned Outside the U.S.

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on October 24, 2015 - 8:54pm

By: Brittany Robins

Americans love their food.

But some sustenance enjoyed across the country contain controversial ingredients that are prohibited elsewhere.

Here are five foods that other countries have kicked to the curb.

1. Farm Raised Salmon

Unlike their wild counterparts, farm raised salmon are bred on a diet of grains, as well as an amalgam of antibiotics, which may cause antibiotic resistence and ends up turning the flesh of the fish to an unappetizing, brownish hue, CNN reported.

To compensate for its icky-brown color, farmers feed the fish a series of chemicals, that emulate the rosy tint of wild salmon.

On top of that, farm raised salmon have tested higher in levels of toxins such as mercury, PCBs and dioxins than wild salmon, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group, and are more likely to be infected with fatal fish viruses.

For these reasons, farm raised salmon now sleep with the fish in Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

2. Bread Enriched with Potassium Bromate

Some breads are baked with Potassium Bromate to enhance the elasticity of the dough.

The problem is, the chemical has been linked to kidney and nervous system damage, cancer and thyroid problems, according to the Environmental Department of the Government of Canada.

Certain loaves of bread are still baked in the U.S. containing this additive, but Canada, China and the European Union have sliced the ingredient from its shelves.

3. Genetically Engineered Papaya

Some Hawaiian papayas are genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus, which decimated U.S. crops in the 1990s, the New York Times reported.

But a handful of studies have indicated that many of the papaya seeds have tested positive for GE contamination.

There are myriad debates surrounding whether or not genetically engineered produce pose a health risk, but the European Union isn't taking any chances — rendering the genetically engineered papaya a forbidden fruit.

4. Flame Retardant Drinks like Mountain Dew, Fanta and Gatorade

In case of a fire emergency, tossing some Mountain Dew on open flames might put out the fire — but it is also likely to ignite panic among consumers, who are guzzling down their favorite sodas.

Brominated Vegetable Oil was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant and is still found today in many citrus flavored sodas and sports drinks.

The FDA approved its use in beverages in 1977, but BVO can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, according to the Scientific American.

These BVO-containing sweet and citrusy sodas might be tasty — but Europe, India, Canada and Japan aren’t playing with fire.

5. Fat-Free Snacks Containing Olestra

Procter & Gamble spent years developing this calorie and cholesterol-free compound used in fat-free snacks like potato chips.

Unfortunately, Olestra has been known to cause consumers a cornucopia of gastrointestinal issues, as well as a depletion of carotenoids and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

What's more, when fed to rats, Olestra sparked the reverse effect of its initial purpose — causing rodents to pack on the pounds, ABC News reported.

The fat-free snacks, although banned in Canada and the United Kingdom, are still chowed down by diet devotees across America — some of whom might also be nursing plenty of trying tummy issues.

Originally Published: NY Daily News

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