Food in the United States is less safe than in Europe because, according to The New York Times, the European Union (EU) prohibits or severely restricts many of the cancer-related nutritional supplements that are still used in the United States. bread, biscuits, soft drinks and convenience foods.
The EU also prohibits the use of various drugs that are used on farm animals in the United States for fattening, in addition to the fact that in Europe there is a limited number of crops and the importation of genetically modified food.
These substances that are still used in the United States are potassium bromate and azodicarbonamide, which are added to baking, although some restaurants remove them under the pressure of consumers. Potassium bromate is used to feed white flour to flour for bread, biscuits, dough or pizza dough.
Another product that is used only in the USA. not in the EU brominated vegetable oilwhich is used in citrus soft drinks and in some sports drinks. The FDA considers it safe in limited quantities, although there are studies that warn that its accumulation in the body can lead to memory loss, skin problems and nerves.
They are also in this table. yellow food colors, No. 5 and 6, and red dye 40, which is associated with loss of attention in children. In the EU, they can be used, but they should be brought to the attention of the consumer, while in the United States it is not necessary and is used in popular products such as ketchup.
As for farmed drugs in the United States bovine growth hormonewhich the dairy industry uses to increase milk production.
The EU also does not accept ractopamine, which in the United States serves to increase the weight of pigs, cows and turkeys, substances that, however, the FDA considers safe.
"In some cases, food processing companies will reformulate food for sale in Europe," but will continue to sell it with additives in the US, admitted Lisa J. Lefferts, a researcher at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. , organization for the protection of food security.
In the United States, there is an amendment to the 1958 Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act that prohibits the Administration from approving cancer-related supplements, but many of the problematic substances are before this date and avoid the so-called Delaney amendment.
Despite this, there is little success, for example, when in October last year, the FDA (Food Safety Agency) banned six aromatic substances that cause cancer in animals, thanks to petitions and a lawsuit filed by the Center for Science in the public interest. and other organizations. Food companies will still have two years to remove these substances from their products.