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This Update features two articles, one about California banning four food additives and another, colorful one from the Daily Mail (England) that details 10 hazardous food additives that are banned in Europe but allowed in the U.S., including chemicals linked to low sperm count. The European Union banned many of these chemicals beginning in 1994.
While the U.S. is still far behind European nations and many other countries, Dr. Taketa-Wong started sounding the alarm about food additives 12 years ago, when she started her practice.
Last month, California jumped ahead of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and became the first state to outlaw the use of four potentially harmful food and drink additives that have been linked to an array of diseases, including cancer, and are already banned in dozens of countries.
The FDA banned the use of red dye 3 in cosmetics in 1990 after evidence showed it caused cancer in lab animals, but – and this is baffling – hasn't prohibited its use in food. Brominated vegetable oil and potassium bromate have been associated with harmful effects on the respiratory and nervous systems, while propylparaben may negatively impact reproductive health.
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