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American Foods banned in other Countries

by Sean Martu

Social media sites are loaded with people with stories claiming their chronic diseases and ailments disappeared from them once they moved to or spent considerable time in the Mediterranean, The Caribbean , Africa or Japan. I can confirm this as 20 years ago I had spent almost 4 weeks in Spain and France, and while there my chronic digestive issues disappeared. Not only that but my unwanted midsection weight also miraculously disappeared.

This had me dumbfounded, because in America, I was primarily eating organic, resistance training  5 days a week, doing sporadic cardio, and I never experienced the physiological results I got while vacationing in Europe.

The glowing cause of this phenomenon is that the food in America is poison. American food is void of nutrients due to depleted commercial farm soils, and it’s laden with endocrine blocking and disrupting carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides. Many of these American produced foods are banned in the European Union and other countries.

Listed below are just some of the American produced foods, and their harmful effects, that are banned in other countries.


To reduce the spread of diseases like salmonella, chicken in the U.S. is washed in chlorine. The United Kingdom and European Union believe this practice promotes unsanitary farming practices. The practice is illegal there, and chlorinated chicken is not allowed in the market.

US chicken has been banned in the EU since 1997 because of this chlorine-washing process. But this isn’t because the treatment itself has been deemed dangerous. A report by the EU Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures, highlighted that the chemical cleaning treatment can be effective at removing foodborne pathogens depending on how it is used. The fear is that heavily soiled birds may not be sufficiently disinfected and that relying on chlorine washing could lead to poorer hygiene standards overall.

EU officials believe the food industry should be continually improving hygiene standards in all steps of processing, as the “farm to fork” principle, and so have banned chickens washed in chlorine as a deterrent to poor practices. But in the US, there are no poultry welfare standards.. There have also been reports, including undercover video evidence by the Humane Society of the United States, of both inhumane and unsanitary practices being carried out within poultry houses due to a lack of animal welfare regulation.

2. Apples

European food safety regulators banned the pesticide-coated staple because of diphenylamine (DPA), a potentially carcinogenic compound used to keep the fruit from turning brown. Whereas the European Union has limited the use of DPA to 0.1 parts per million, the Environmental Protection Agency currently allows 100 times that amount on its apples.

 Therefore, all but organic American-grown apples will likely be kept from being sold in the EU.

3. Bread with Potassium Bromate

Potassium bromate is a dough additive that enhances bread’s structural integrity, yielding a more substantial rise, cutting down baking time, and creating a pristine white color to the final loaves. But this chemical is also associated with adverse health effects, including cancer, impairment of the nervous system, and damage to the kidneys. While potassium bromate has been banned in various countries, such as the UK, Canada and Peru, it remains prevalent in numerous American bread variants, including bagel chips, rolls, and even breadcrumbs.

4. Pork

In the US, cuts of pork are gargantuan compared to other parts of the world. That’s because American pork contains growth hormones. One notable growth hormone, ractopamine, often employed in pig farming, has been banned in numerous countries. Though research concerning the potential effects of ractopamine consumption on human health is somewhat limited, certain studies have found a correlation between this growth hormone and an increase in heart rate. Data from the European Food Safety Authority indicates that ractopamine causes elevated heart rates and heart-pounding sensations in humans. It also causes major health problems in food-producing animals, such as “downer” syndrome and severe cardiovascular stress, and has also been linked to heart problems and even poisoning in humans. Interestingly, the US is one of the few remaining countries permitting the use of this hormone in their agricultural processes.

5. High Fructose Corn Syrup

Derived from genetically engineered corn, this sweetening agent has been associated with an array of health concerns, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and dyslipidemia, an abnormal level of cholesterol and other fats in the blood. It can be found in a wide spectrum of products, ranging from beverages to cereals and ice cream. While no country has implemented an outright ban on this sweetener, certain measures have been taken in the UK and several European countries involving product restrictions and the imposition of quota limitations.

Due to Europe’s GMO labeling requirements it is very difficult to infiltrate the EU market with high fructose corn syrup. When you check the ingredient labels of European sodas and processed food, the typical sweetener is cane sugar.

6. Milk

Dairy products made by cows injected with rBST or rBGH hormones which are artificial hormones that stimulate milk production are banned in Canada and the European Union.

Milk from rBGH-treated cows has higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone that normally helps some types of cells to grow. Several studies have found that IGF-1 levels at the high end of the normal range may influence the development of certain tumors. Some early studies found a relationship between blood levels of IGF-1 and the development of prostate, breast, colorectal, and other cancers.

The good ole’ FDA claims there is no difference in the milk produced by cows treated with the hormone.

7. Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew | This citrus-flavored soft drink uses brominated vegetable oil (BVO) as an emulsifier. BVO is banned in Japan and the European Union because it contains bromine, the element found in brominated flame retardants, which can build up in the body and potentially irritate the skin and mucous membranes (the moist lining of the nose, mouth, lungs, and stomach). Long-term exposure can cause neurologic symptoms such as headache, memory loss, and impaired balance or coordination.

8. Arby’s Sourdough Breakfast Bread, Croissant, and French Toast Sticks

The fast-food chain uses the chemical azodicarbonamide as a whitening agent and dough conditioner in its baked goods. Although its use is decreasing in the United States because of concerns that it is a carcinogen, the FDA still permits it. It is banned in Europe.

9. Twinkies and Little Debbie Swiss Rolls 

These popular American desserts feature Yellow 5 and Red 40. While these dyes have gained approval within the EU, they must be accompanied by cautionary labels indicating their potential to trigger adverse effects in children. Unfortunately, these dyes are often in food products intended for infants and young children, but no precautionary labeling is mandated domestically. Countries like Austria, Finland, and Norway have even banned Twinkies completely.

10. Frosted Flakes, Honey Bunches of Oats, and Rice Krispies

These popular breakfast cereals contain BHT, a flavor enhancer, which has long been studied for its potential potential hormone disruption and carcinogenic properties. It is banned in Japan and the European Union.

11. Skittles

When consumers are enjoying the rainbow of colors of this popular candy, they are also ingesting food dyes Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40. These dyes have been known to cause hyperactivity and learning problems in children . They are banned in foods for infants in the European Union, and foods that contain the dyes must carry a warning label. Norway and Austria ban them completely.

12. Genetically engineered papaya

In the United States and parts of Asia, farmers are cultivating virus-resistant variants of the fruit. These genetically engineered offshoots are legal to eat in the U.S. and Canada, but illegal in the European Union.

13. Pre-Packaged Ground Beef

The pink slime that you find in the pre-packaged beef is a “beef by-product” prepared with ammonia gas and used as a filler in ground beef. US beef is banned in the EU.”

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