You may be surprised to know that several food items that are banned in the European Union (EU) are still allowed in the United States.
What are these items?
- Genetically Modified Foods (GM)
- Irradiated Foods
- Antibiotics given to cattle
- Food dyes
- Chlorinated Chickens
- Food Contact Chemicals
What is the EU’s stance on these items?
Genetically Modified Foods (GM)
- Six E.U. member states — Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, Germany and Luxembourg — ban the cultivation of GM maize on their territories (source)
- Europeans have had a food labeling law in place since the 1990s (source)
- Nearly no irradiated foods can be found in Europe due to strict regulations(source)
Antibiotics given to cattle
- The EU banned the feeding of antibiotics and related drugs to livestock for growth promotion purposes in 2006 (source)
- Several EU nations have banned artificial dyes and require foods with any approved dyes to be clearly labeled (source)
- The EU has strict guidelines for pesticides and has passed a law that could result in bans on up to 10 percent of insecticides, 10 percent of herbicides, and 32 percent of fungicides (source)
You can read more about some of the dangers of pesticides here
Chlorinated Chickens (source)
- The EU and Russia have outlawed the chlorination of chickens as an anti-microbial measure (source)
Food Contact Chemicals
- Bottles containing BPA were outlawed as of June 2011 (mainly for political vs. scientific reasons) (source)
What do you think about the differences between what’s outlawed here and in the EU? Would you like to see any of these things outlawed in the US?