10 Foods Available in the US that are Banned Elsewhere


Countries don’t follow the same criteria when deciding what is healthy and what is not. Here are some ingredients you are usually putting in your body without even knowing. Here are 10 examples.


 Pink slime

Pink slime is made by: sucking meat and cartilage off of bones with a machine. It is then soaked in ammonia and frozen. Supermarkets and grocery stores add it to your meat, often minced beef to make cheap hamburgers.

 Burgers Hot dogs

You can also find it in hot dogs. It is banned in the European Union because it can carry pathogens from the bones.



Genetically modified food (GMO) is becoming more and more common: papaya, corn, soy and even canola.

In Europe, GMOs have to be labeled and certain ones are banned, like the papaya.


Animals fed with GMOs suffer more from intestinal and organ damage, tumors, birth defects and premature births.



Carrageenan is extracted from a specific type of seaweed. It is introduced in processed dairy goods as an emulsifier and thickener.

It can be found in baby formulas and other dairy goods.


It is banned in the European Union because it causes gastrointestinal problems.



Atrazine is a herbicide, commonly used in the U.S..

The European Union has banned it because it leaks into the ground, contaminating drinking water and crops transfer it to us.

It has been linked to reproductive problems.


 Cow hormones

Growth hormones are given to cows to increase their milk and meat production.

The National Cancer Association links it to the rise of cancers caused by hormonal imbalances.

Cow hormones 2

Many countries have banned them, including the European Union, Japan, Australia and China.



Chickens are kept in warehouses where the lights are never turned off, so they don’t stop eating. They are crammed in there and to top it all off, these conditions make them pick up a lot of harmful pathogens.


To kill off any of these germs, the meat is washed in chlorine.

It is banned in the European Union, but not in the U.S.



Flour naturally whitens over time. Time is money, they say. So the food industry in the U.S. doesn’t wait.

Instead, they use azodicarbonamide to bleach the flour. Where else do they use this? Sneaker soles.

Sneaker sole

Azodicarbonamide can cause asthma and is banned in Singapore.


The European Union allows irradiation in herbs and spices, but banned it for meat, fruit and vegetables.


In the U.S. however, it is used as a replacement for good hygiene.

Dangerous chemical changes are initiated by irradiation and need further study.



DPA, or diphenylamine, is found in apples, apple juice, applesauce, pears and baby food.

The European Food Safety Authority considers it a poison.

What is it used for? Apples look so shiny and tasty. That’s not the apple, it’s DPA.

Apple sauce

It has been used in the U.S. since 1962.

DPA has been linked to higher risk of cancer.



If you want to buy fluoride, you need a prescription. And yet, you may be getting it everyday in your water supply.

In Europe, most countries do not use fluoridate in their water supply.


Ingesting fluoridate in significant amounts over a long period of time has been linked to bone cancer, hyperactivity, decreased thyroid function and kidney issues.

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