Food in the United States is less safe than in Europe because according to the New York Times analysis, the EU strictly prohibits or restricts many food-related supplements that are still used in bread, cookies, soft drinks and processed foods.
The EU also prohibits the use of various drugs used in agricultural animals in the US for mastectomy, in addition to the fact that Europe has limited crops and imports of genetically engineered food.
These materials are still used in the United States are potassium bromate and azodicarbonamide, which are added to pastries, although some restaurants have removed them under the pressure of consumers. Potassium bromate is used to give white flour to flour for bread, cookies, dough or pizza dough.
Another product that is used only in the US, and not in the European Union is brominated vegetable oil, which is used in citrus liquor seasoned in some sports drinks.The FDA considers it safe in limited quantities, although there are studies that warn that its buildup in the body can lead with age loss Memory, skin problems and nerves.
Also in this table are yellow food colors, number 5 and 6, and red color 40, which is associated with loss of attention in children. In the EU they can be used but they must be notice to the consumer, while in the United States it is not necessary and is used in popular products such as ketchup.
As for drugs used in farms, the growth hormone controller is used in the United States, which the dairy industry uses to increase milk production.
The EU also does not accept ractopamine, which in the United States is used to increase the weight of pigs, cows and turkeys, substances that the FDA considers safe nonetheless.
"In some cases, food processing companies will rewrite a food product for sale in Europe," but will continue to sell it with additives in the US, said Lisa J. Lefferts, a researcher at the Center for Public Interest Science, an organization for the protection of food security.
In the United States, an amendment to the 1958 law on foods, medicines and cosmetics forbids the administration to approve cancer-related supplements, but many of the problematic substances are before that date and escaped the change called Delaney.
However, there has been little progress, as in October the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned six spicy substances that cause cancer in animals, thanks to petitions and claims filed by the Center for Science for the Public. And other organizations. Food companies still have two years to remove these ingredients from their products.