Banned in Europe: Controversial Food Practices Approved in U.S.


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Unfortunately, food practices and safety regulations are not entirely universal. Different governing bodies may place different rules and regulations on the manufacturing of food products. According to a recent article on Mother Jones, the European Commission “voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, on the suspicion that they’re contributing to the global crisis in honeybee health.”

People have begun to inquire about whether or not the actions of the European Commission will influence the US Environmental Protection Agency to adopt similar practices. But, this doesn’t appear likely. There are regulations that are enforced in Europe, that for some reason, aren’t exactly followed in America. Here are two food practices that are banned in Europe, but seem to be just fine for us:

One of the more newsworthy items that has begun to pop is the use of arsenic in animal feed. The article states that “several studies, including one by the FDA, have found heightened levels of inorganic arsenic in supermarket chicken, and it also ends up in manure, where it can move into tap water. Fertilizing rice fields with arsenic-laced manure may be partially responsible for heightened arsenic levels in US rice.” Arsenic can be released into the environment from industrial sources, and has been linked to occurrences of cancer. According to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, arsenic-based compounds “were never approved as safe for animal feed in the European Union, Japan, and many other countries.” In the U.S. there are still arsenicals being used. However, a lawsuit was recently filed by a coalition of environmental groups demanding that the FDA ban arsenic from feed.

Another issue that has arisen has been the use of antibiotics on US animal farms, which now “accounts for 80 percent of all antibiotic use" and the widespread issues of antibiotic-resistant infections. In the European Union, “all antibiotics have been banned on farms – and no antibiotics can be used on farms for “nonmedical purposes,” i.e., growth promotion.” In the U.S., the FDA is “floating new rules that would ban antibiotics as growth promoters – but the regulation would be voluntary.” But as of now, most of the antibiotics used in factory farms are for nontherapeutic function (growth promotion). Even the World Health Organization has warned against the excessive use of antibiotics in animal feed as leading us into a "post-antibiotic era" where a minor cut or scrape could lead to severe, even life-threatening, infections.

The real issue that arises from the banning of these food practices is the question as to why they aren’t universal. If something is outright banned in an entire union, why is it okay for us over here in North America? The dangers should be recognized as being universal and the banning of these practices should be at least considered over here as well.

Photo Credit: Steve A. Johnson

References: Europa.eu, Cancer.org


By Ryan Bisram| May 16, 2013
Categories:  Eat

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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