Usually if there’s food in front of me, I’ll eat it without asking too many questions.
Up until now, I assumed that government agencies like The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took all the guesswork out of what’s okay to eat and which things could be harmful to our well-being. But just because one country approves the commercial consumption of certain foods, doesn’t mean that these things meet the safety standards in other places. In fact, it’s widely believed that the U.S. FDA has some of the most relaxed safety guidelines, meaning that potentially harmful foods and drinks are mass-produced all across the country.
These 10 foods may be okay to eat here, but in other parts of the world, they’re illegal for a number of reasons.
1. Bread with potassium bromate
Where it’s illegal: Canada, China, and the European Union
Why? Many commercial bakeries use flour rich with potassium bromate because it helps make the dough more elastic. Studies, however, have linked the ingredient to kidney and nervous system damage. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is also a carcinogen.
2. Milk and dairy products laced with rBGH
Where it’s Illegal: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada
Why? Dairy products laced with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH can drastically change human tissue cells from healthy cells to cancerous ones. High amounts of rBGH can increase the risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancers.