If you still had any doubts that the current FDA cares only about profits and not your health, those doubts will soon be erased. Here are 10 foods that are so potentially dangerous for humans that other countries have banned them…and yet they’re still sold in this country.
1. Farm-raised salmon, which is full of antibiotics, drugs, and chemicals, and may be infected with fish viruses. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.
2. Genetically-engineered papaya. Banned in the European Union.
3. Ractopamine-tainted meat. Ractopamine is a drug given to livestock to enhance muscles and reduce fat content in meat. Unfortunately, not only is it linked to loss of reproductive function and increase in disability and death in dairy herds, but it also may cause behavioral changes, chromosome abnormalities, and and hyperactivity in humans. Banned in 160 European countries (including Russia), mainland China, and Taiwan.
4. Brominated vegetable oil, which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant. Now it’s used in citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks! It’s also linked to problems in the human body, from rashes and acne to major organ damage, birth defects, and even schizophrenia. Banned in Japan and 18 European countries.
5. Processed foods with artificial food coloring and dyes. These foods include macaroni and cheese, Jell-O, and kids’ cereals. The additives have been linked to behavioral changes, birth defects, cancer, and allergy-like reactions in children. Banned in Norway and Austria.
6. Arsenic-laced chicken. Believe it or not, arsenic, the traditional poison of murder mysteries, is used to make drugs that cause growth in chickens, as well as making the meat appear pink and fresh. I truly wish I was kidding, and I don’t think I need to go into the negative effects here. Banned in the European Union.
7. Bread enriched with potassium bromate, which commercial baking companies claim makes dough more elastic. Unfortunately, it’s also been linked to problems in the kidneys, the nervous system, and the thyroid, as well as cancer. Banned in Canada, China, and the European Union.
8. Olestra/Olean. This is a fat substitute used in fat-free snacks such as potato chips, and it may cause intestinal problems such as diarrhea and cramps. Banned in the U.K. and Canada.
9. BHA and BHT, which are preservatives found in beer, breakfast cereal, butter spread, mixed nuts, dehydrated potatoes, and chewing gum. BHA, known to cause cancer in rats, triggers allergic reactions and hyperactivity in humans. BHT may result in organ system toxicity. Banned in the European Union and Japan.
10. Dairy products full of rBGH. This is a synthetic version of a natural hormone in cattle used to increase milk production. Not only does it cause adverse health conditions in cattle and contaminate milk, but it’s been linked to cancer in humans. Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union, and Canada.
Are you disgusted and outraged? I know I am. See the link below for more details:
…is sweet corn. Yes, that’s right; now you can get all those lovely genetic modifications in your corn on the cob. And you may not even know it.
Sign the petition at the link below to get markets to label GMO sweet corn.
On May 15, fast-food workers all over the world are fighting for a $15 minimum wage. For everyone who believes fast-food corporations are wrong to keep employee wages down, follow the strike online, or attend any of the fast-food strike events listed below:
Chicago: Rally at Rock’n’Roll McDonald’s (600 N Clark Street) at 6am
St. Louis: Rally at 5850 Elizabeth Avenue at 5pm
Indianapolis: Rally at McDonald’s (1611 N. Meridian St.) at 9am
Milwaukee: Rally at County Courthouse at 11am, 901 N. 9th St.
6am: Stand With Fast Food Workers Kick-off at 3821 E Truman Rd (Save-A-Lot).
11:30am: Rally at St. Mark’s Church at 3800 Troost Ave.
1:30pm: BBQ, Rally with live music, and then we March!
5pm: Wrap Up Rally at Shawnee Park – 7th St & Osage.
From SEIU Local 1