More than 3,000 preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients are added to foods in the United States and many of these food additives are banned in other countries for health reasons. Various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic are some of the ingredients banned in other countries yet still allowed in the US.
Effective February 11, Russia has announced a ban on almost all US meat and meat product imports due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats. Staying away from processed foods in the US is the safest bet to avoid potentially harmful food additives or ingredients. Europeans may have more options, since there are many processed foods available in Europe that do not contain any synthetic food additives.
For more detailed information, see the February 27 Mercola.com source article at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/27/us-food-products.aspx?e_cid=20130227_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130227
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