Foods Banned In Europe That Are Approved In The USA

Although we think we have the safest food in the world, there are 7 “foodstuffs” that are banned in Europe and still available in United States.

Genetically modified foods have been banned in Europe and continue to be used in the U.S. Although there is no evidence to inform good public policy, the trans-fat controversy has been an example of a modified food with negative impact to our health.

A ban on 22 different pesticides still used in our country prohibits their use in the E.U. While critics claim that the ban will raise prices and may thwart malaria control, advocates say that their harm to public health is a greater threat. Buying organic produce will help you avoid unwanted chemicals in your food.

The bovine growth hormone, known as rBGH, is not allowed in Europe. In contrast, the U.S. fights for laws regarding hormone-free labeling, allowing consumers to have a choice. Choose grass fed, hormone free meat wherever possible, as a healthier option.

Chlorinated chickens are not allowed in Europe, which prohibits the importing of American poultry as a result. Purchasing organic, or free-range natural chickens from a reputable farm can protect you and your family from unnecessary chlorination.

We have spoken about the negative aspects of chemicals in plastics previously. Both the U.S. and Europe regulate food contact use of these chemicals, but the standards of approval are much more stringent in Europe. It is best to avoid plastic bottles altogether, especially those containing liquids. Buy food in recyclable glass bottles wherever possible, and use glass containers to hold liquid leftovers in the refrigerator.

Stevia, the new natural sweetener is unavailable in Europe, although it has been used in Japan for over 30 years.  The European government cites potential disturbances to fertility among other negative health risks, but the sweetener has also been tied to some positive benefits as well. This is a case of exercising caution; it may be the best choice among the chemically based additives (Equal, Sweet + Low) but eliminating any sugar substitutes other than raw honey is the best choice.

The best way to protect yourself from the possible negative effects of some the additives in our food is to be as educated as possible about the risks involved in ingesting them. Buying organic, hormone free foods is a great start. Eating less packaged and processed foods is always a healthier choice. Knowing your food sources and making wise decisions wherever possible is the best route to good health, long-term.

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5 Responses to “Foods Banned In Europe That Are Approved In The USA”

  1. Foods Banned In Europe That Are Approved In The USA « Indigo jones | Breakings New Says:

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  2. Susan Jones Says:

    Bravo and thanks for the reminder!

    I have recently been reading Michael Pollan’s books on food and the environment, your info is a great reminder, and I am really scrutinizing the labels on our food that I buy! I’ve been trying to buy fresh and local as much as possible.

  3. Jill Says:

    Susan, I have been reading food labels, too. What is really disturbing are the foods that come from China. Last year I took canning classes and planted a garden. It was trial and error, but I’m encouraged to learn from my mistakes this year. I have already planted some cold crop foods, like lettece. This week it will be time to start seeds on my sun porch. I’ve never done this before. Do you think it is important to use organic seeds?

    • indigo jones Says:

      Hi Jill,
      Glad you like the blog. I think the reason for buying organic is to avoid the pesticides used on the crops. I would imagine that it is not crucial to buy organic seeds. If I stumble upon this info I will let you know definitively.

  4. Cleotilde Mainero Says:

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