Skip to comments.80% of Pre-Packaged Foods in America Are Banned in Other Countries
Posted on 06/24/2013 5:04:31 PM PDT by opentalk
If you or your kids enjoy pre-packaged convenience foods commonly found in grocery stores across the U.S. such as Froot Loops, Swanson dinners, Mountain Dew, and frozen potato and bread products, you may think twice before purchasing them after hearing what they contain: dangerous chemicals that other countries around the globe have deemed toxic to the point that they're illegal, and companies are fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for including them in food products.
In a new book Rich Food, Poor Food, authors Mira and Jason Calton provide a list of what they term "Banned Bad Boys" - ingredients commonly used in up to 80% of all American convenience food that have been banned by other countries, with information about which countries banned each substance and why.
And though it might not surprise you to hear that Olestra -commonly used in low/no-fat snack foods and known to cause serious gastrointestinal issues for those who consume it (understatement) - is on that list, having been banned in both the United Kingdom and Canada, you may be shocked to hear that Mountain Dew, Fresca and Squirt all contain brominated vegetable oil, a substance that has been banned in more than 100 countries "because it has been linked to basically every form of thyroid disease - from cancer to autoimmune diseases - known to man."
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Well they must be dangerous if they’re banned in other countries.
funny, because 20% of the American population outweighs the other 80%.
Ever taste "milk in a bag" in South America? Makes the crap they serve here, even the organic, taste like water. And it's good for 3 months. On a shelf, not the fridge.
We eat garbage? We eat poisons? Who knew?!
I have heard of people from Denmark smuggling fruit loops back home.
The mama state run wild, the the statists are holing this up as a model for us!
Then there is dihydrogen monoxide. It is used in many industrial chemical processes, munitions manufacturing, and even nuclear power. The stuff kills thousands every year, but the FDA won’t do a thing about it!
I jokingly asked a safety officer at work why we didn't have an MSDS on dihydrogen monoxide, and the next day he actually brought one in that he had found on a satirical website. The only problem was, he thought it was serious!
I personally wouldn't use the stuff, since it's obviously a chemical.
I opened a can of beans today and saw that it contained water- “which is used make things like... “ concrete and rust!
No way I’m putting that stuff in me!
In most of Europe, and certainly in Norway, aspirin is banned or as good as banned. There’s a loophole, though: you’re so far allowed a gift of three months use from friends abroad, and YOU are the only arbiter of what three months use is. So I get care packages from Mesta.
Europe also quit making diabetes foods and drinks years ago. Not enough money in it for the grocery chains.
I actually saw a label in some health food store that stated “contains no chemicals”. How does the stuff exist?
I love milk. I could subsist on milk. As a child, it was a run to get to the milk when it was still warm, before anything happened to it :).
That's to keep the other countries from pushing us around.
Just like freedom
And is that a problem for the U.S.? Or for other countries?
I exercise the right not to eat them.
So let them starve, dumb asses!
“Banned in other countries” Probably means 1 or 2 “other” countries.
Have you tried Raw Milk?
Selling poison = Freedom? I must of missed the memo!
That's just public ignorance, as far as I can see. When people think "chemical" they think of things like the reagents found in chemistry sets. There's no excuse for it really, but part of it is just emotion.
The same guy that got me the MSDS for water once saw me eating some cheese spread, and said, "You wouldn't eat that if you knew what was in it!" I asked him "what was in it," and he replied, "eartha-bait." I knew immediately what he was talking about, but one he rambled about "eartha-bait," and how it was made from earthworms, and how "they" put it in all kinds of processed foods. Of course he was talking about erythorbate, which has nothing to do with earthworms, but he had already swallowed the entire myth, hook, line and sinker.
If people would only think with their brains, instead of their emotions, they wouldn't be such suckers for propaganda!
America is one of the few places in the world that I have ever been that has milk in a cooler. Everywhere else, it was UHT Pasteurization and sold on the shelves. It, for me was an acquired taste. Since returning stateside, I can't drink milk at all, and limit myself to almond milk.
In our breakroom at work, the hand soap bottle claims “92% Naturally Derived Ingredients!” One must wonder, how are the other 8% of ingredients derived? Must be voodoo or something, right?
You can pry my Fruit Loops from my cold dead fingers....... wait, what?
I love it, too. I'm just craving what they had down South because I've not tasted anything like here. Multiple different brands down there and the stuff is irradiated but still tastes like fresh creamery milk. Off the shelf!
Why can't we do that here?!? /whine
Oh yes. As I said, as a child it was a run to get at granddad bringing the milk buckets before he could *do* anything with it. Like filtering or separation or stuff :).
That all changed with centralized dairy pickup and the legal stuff on top of that.
Also, kinda makes me wonder if the whole Paula Deen thing is the revenge of the Wookie?
Is there any way to mail order milk in a bag?
When I was very young, the nursery school I went to served milk straight from the cow. I remember it being very creamy and it was served warm. With Ritz crackers.
The health food store has some really good vacuums in the back, with which they suck everything out of the packaging. I mean, if it really "contains no chemicals", that means it contains nothing, not even air, doesn't it?
Nice to find a fellow milk lover. I could live on the stuff. Unfortunately, raw milk is extremely expensive where I live, $14.00 a gallon, or I could drive 30 minutes one way to a farm and get fresh raw milk and pay for the mileage. Ugghh
Ha-ha. Good luck finding a majority of people who do that, even on FR here. What really gets me is not just that they fall for these ridiculous unscientific stories, but that they become so emotionally attached to them. Goodness, isn't your health worth a bit more than an emotional attachment to propaganda?
These things may or may not be dangerous, but repeatedly saying that they are made from petroleum in order to make these substances sound scarier is simply alarmist nonsense. Practically EVERY chemical manufactured, including practically ALL medicines are derived from petroleum as petroleum is the basis for practically ALL organic chemistry.
The point is that in enlightened countries, people surrender their freedom in return for a food supply they can trust.
Years ago I watched a PBS special about fire prevention, in which a certain country was touted as a model country in that regard. The moderator spoke in glowing tones of how in that country fire control personnel could go right into a person's home and perform a fire safety inspection at any time. "This isn't done in America," he concluded, in ominous tones. "In America they would rather burn."
Correct, dihydrogen monoxide is quite a dangerous substance, it is NO JOKE! Thousands are killed by it annually, and many others badly hurt. This is well-documented here:
UHT milk is quite popular in remote areas of Canada, where people have cabins that are off-grid. It’s also popular amongst anyone who works in the bush, such as: prospectors, surveyors, trappers, etc. Same goes for condensed milk in a can, or canned sweetened condensed milk. I developed a taste for it, and preferred it for my coffee for a few years.
FDA is the largest and most powerful organization of its type in the world. Dream on!
Ever bought Fruit Loops? Cereal is so expensive now the chemicals in them must be rare elements.
I was joking with my wife, after shopping at a local health-food store, that if I went back I was going to ask for organic table salt. (I’m not referring to actual organic compounds that happen to be salts.)
The joke was on me — it turns out that health food stores do carry “organic salt”. By “organic”, they mean “pure”, or “made by vegan hippies”, or some such. Apparently, none of their regular customers ever call them on it.
"Olestra chips - now with 10% less anal leakage!" - SNL
“Unfortunately, raw milk is extremely expensive where I live, $14.00 a gallon, or I could drive 30 minutes one way to a farm and get fresh raw milk and pay for the mileage. Ugghh”
Funny, I have the opposite ‘problem’. I can go to various neighbors and get fresh cow or goat milk, or drive 35 miles to get to a grocery store.
Have you tried Raw Milk?”
Grew up on a farm and that’s all we had until I was a teenager. Hated it in the spring when Molly, the Jersey cow who gave about 90% cream, would eat something she wasn’t supposed to. Then my mom would say, “Hold your nose when you drink your milk, Molly has been in the weeds again!”
MSDS: Dihydrogen Monoxide
Dihydrogen monoxide (also known as hydric acid) is responsible for injury, death, and property damage all over the world. Visit the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division online at www.dhmo.org, or send email to email@example.com for more information.
PRODUCT NAME: DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE
FORMULA WT: 18.00
CAS NO.: 07732-18-5
NIOSH/RTECS NO.: ZC0110000
COMMON SYNONYMS: DIHYDROGEN OXIDE, HYDRIC ACID
PRODUCT CODES: 4218,4219
LABORATORY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
SAFETY GLASSES; LAB COAT
PRECAUTIONARY LABEL STATEMENTS
STORAGE: KEEP IN TIGHTLY CLOSED CONTAINER.
BOILING POINT: 100 C ( 212 F) VAPOR PRESSURE(MM HG): 17.5
MELTING POINT: 0 C ( 32 F) VAPOR DENSITY(AIR=1): N/A
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 1.00 EVAPORATION RATE: N/A
SOLUBILITY(H2O): COMPLETE (IN ALL PROPORTIONS) % VOLATILES BY VOLUME: 100
APPEARANCE & ODOR: ODORLESS, CLEAR COLORLESS LIQUID.
TOXICITY: LD50 (IPR-MOUSE)(G/KG) - 190
LD50 (IV-MOUSE) (MG/KG) - 25
DISPOSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL
SAF-T-DATA(TM) STORAGE COLOR CODE: ORANGE (GENERAL STORAGE)
KEEP CONTAINER TIGHTLY CLOSED. SUITABLE FOR ANY GENERAL CHEMICAL STORAGE
AREA. DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE IS CONSIDERED A NON-REGULATED PRODUCT, BUT
REACTS VIGOROUSLY WITH SOME MATERIALS. THESE INCLUDE SODIUM, POTASSIUM
AND OTHER ALKALI METALS; ELEMENTAL FLUORINE; AND STRONG DEHYDRATING AGENTS
SUCH AS SULFURIC ACID. IT FORMS EXPLOSIVE GASES WITH CALCIUM CARBIDE.
AVOID CONTACT WITH ALL MATERIALS UNTIL INVESTIGATION SHOWS SUBSTANCE IS
COMPATIBLE. EXPANDS SIGNIFICANTLY UPON FREEZING. DO NOT STORE IN RIGID
CONTAINER AND PROTECT FROM FREEZING.
PROPER SHIPPING NAME CHEMICALS, N.O.S. (NON-REGULATED)
PROPER SHIPPING NAME CHEMICALS, N.O.S. (NON-REGULATED)
More here: http://www.dhmo.org/msds/MSDS-DHMO-Kemp.pdf
Thinking more about 'still legal'....breathing has become illegal, or is about to be, because of carbon dioxide, so dihydrogen monoxide could be next.
“Why can’t we do that here?!? /whine “
It’s the Refrigerator Industry (Big Fridge)! /s :)
I wonder what the life span is in the “other countries” as compared to the United States?
I would be hard-pressed to hold my tongue. I'd want to know what, exactly, is organic about the salt (assuming it's NaCl).