Food Additive Safety

Food Additive Safety

Many people presume that some federal agency is overseeing the safety of the ingredients in our food supply. That’s reasonable, because that is actually what the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to be doing, and what Congress told it to do in a 1958 law.But since 1997, FDA has punted on that core responsibility, allowing companies to make their own secret determinations of a substance’s safety for use in our food.

The legal standard is supposed to be that an ingredient is “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. That originally applied to things like oil and vinegar-foodstuffs that are widely accepted as safe to consume. Now the loophole is swallowing the law: companies are deciding in secret that almost anything they want to put in food is GRAS, and FDA is letting them.

If companies decide a new ingredient is GRAS, they don’t have to tell FDA what their investigations show about safety or even tell the government what or how much of anything they have decided to add to food. In short, the food industry—not FDA—is in charge of what you eat.

What can you do about this shocking failure by the government to ensure our food is safe?

First, check out and share our great new infographic exposing the spaghetti-tangle of FDA‘s failure to ensure the safety of food additives. Click to Tweet it!

Then, join our campaign to strengthen FDA’s role on food safety.


FYI: 10 Banned Foods!

Heal Thyself!
10 American Foods that are BANNED in Other Countries:

Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.


Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere.

Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

#1: Milk and Dairy Products Laced with rBGH  Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada

#2: Genetically Engineered Papaya  Where it’s banned: The European Union

#3: Ractopamine-Tainted Meat  Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan)

#4: Flame Retardant Drinks Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan

#5: Processed Foods Containing Artificial Food Colors and Dyes  Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.

#6: Arsenic-Laced Chicken  Where it’s banned: The European Union

#7: Bread with Potassium Bromate Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

#8: Olestra/Olean
Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada

#9: Preservatives BHA and BHT
Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.

#10: Farm-Raised Salmon
Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand


FYI: 10 Top GMOs


Know Monsanto!



Update: Biotech Scientist’s Angry Email!

Biotech Scientist: It’s ‘Awesome’ that GMOs Cause Infertility, Death

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Friday 12 October 2012
Article imageThe debate as to whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are causing serious health issues like infertility and even death is proclaimed as ‘heated’ and ‘inconclusive’ by the mainstream media, but even the very scientists working behind the scenes appear to acknowledge the very reality of their effects. In one such communication I received from a very angry biotech scientist who proclaimed it was ‘awesome’ if GMOs were causing mass infertility and death, it becomes tragically clear that even many of the scientists working in the biotech field know full well that GMOs are causing significant bouts of disease across the globe.

Independently verified by both our team and a separate team of experts, this biotech scientist who works for a well-known firm was either apathetic or ignorant to ways in which you can conceal your identity through more advanced methods than what he utilized. Using profanity and a few words in all capital letters, it’s easy to see just how outraged this scientist is that in my article I deemed those who create GMOs and unleash them on the public without proper warning to be ‘traitors to humanity’. It appears he must have also read the comment section, where readers voiced their own (oftentimes stronger) opinions on these scientists.  (Read more)

FYI: G.M. Vaccines?

NVIC Vaccine News
October 3, 2012
Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?
Posted: 10/2/2012 9:41:33 PM
By Dr. Mercola
If you’ve ever had qualms about eating genetically modified (GM) foods, you’d likely be deeply concerned about receiving a GM vaccine as well.

Such vaccines are already being produced – some are even on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccine schedule – even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects.

In the interview above, Vicky Debold, PhD, RN, director of research and patient safety with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), spoke with me about the many reasons to be very wary of this new technology, which is far more intertwined with other biotech “innovations,” like GM food, than you might think.

Nobody Knows What Happens When You Inject People with GM Vaccines?  (READ FULL ARTICLE)

Top 10 Worst GMOs


Ingredient in Organic Food Can Cause Cancer

The Ingredient Allowed in Organic Food That Can Cause Cancer
September 13, 2012
by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist on September 11, 2012

Why would the average consumer decide to switch to organic food?  Typical reasons include food of higher quality that is hopefully more nutritious although conventional produce grown locally and picked at the peak of ripeness would no doubt rival the nutrition of organic produce picked early and shipped long distances.

Consumers also generally assume that any food labeled as USDA Organic will not contain any dangerous ingredients or chemicals.  After all, buying certified organic food is still the only way to avoid genetically modified ingredients as GMOs are regularly slipped into healthfoods labeled as “natural” and even those containing organic ingredients but less than 70% organic overall.

Based on these assumptions, consumers would likely be surprised and even shocked to learn that a likely human carcinogen that triggers massive gastointestinal inflammation and symptoms in many people continues to be allowed by the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) for inclusion on the list of ingredients permitted in certified organic food – food bearing the USDA Organic label! (Read more)

Thanks Monsanto! 1st Super Weeds, Now Super Insects!!

First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects — Thanks to Monsanto

By Dr. Mercola

A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests.  The failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.

The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

But even though a scientific advisory panel warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the threat of insects developing resistance was high, Monsanto argued that the steps necessary to prevent such an occurrence — which would have entailed less of the corn being planted — were an unnecessary precaution, and the EPA naively agreed.

According to a recent NPR report:

“The scientists who called for caution now are saying ‘I told you so,’ because there are signs that a new strain of resistant rootworms is emerging…[A] committee of experts at the EPA is now recommending that biotech companies put into action, for the first time, a ‘remedial action plan’ aimed at stopping the spread of such resistant insects …

The EPA’s experts also are suggesting that the agency reconsider its approval of a new kind of rootworm-killing corn, which Monsanto calls SmartStax. This new version of Bt corn includes two different Bt genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm in different ways. This should help prevent resistance from emerging, and the EPA is allowing farmers to plant it on up to 95 percent of their corn acres. But if one of those genes is already compromised…  such a high percentage of Bt corn could rapidly produce insects that are resistant to the second one, too.”

There can be little doubt that genetically engineered crops are the most dangerous aspect of modern agriculture. Not only are we seeing rapid emergence of super-weeds resistant to glyphosate, courtesy of Roundup Ready crops, we now also have evidence of emerging Bt-resistant insects. Add to that the emergence of a brand new organism capable of producing disease and infertility in both plants and animals, and a wide variety of evidence showing harm to human health, and the only reasonable expectation one can glean is that humanity as a whole is being seriously threatened by this foolhardy technology.(Read Full Article)

Organic Farmers Challenge Monsanto Patents

Organic Farmers Challenge Monsanto Patents in NY Court Hearing

Posted February 2nd, 2012 by admin

Photo by Eric Charles of Free Press

​By Keyana Stevens Tue., Jan. 31 2012
Originally published on Village Voice Blog

A U.S. District Court hearing in downtown New York today could determine the eventual fate of several organic farmers from across the country, including some in upstate New York.
The hearing centered on a “pre-emptive” suit led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA), against agricultural giant Monsanto. In it, OSGTA says it brought “this action to protect [farmers] from ever being accused of infringing patents on transgenic seed.” Monsanto filed to dismiss the case, and today lawyers for both sides made their arguments in front of U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald.

Monsanto has a long history of using patents to control the market share on crop seeds. Its genetically modified seeds are considered intellectual property, and Monsanto regularly sues small family and organic farmers who are found using the seeds without a license, even if they were unaware of the mistake. Wind drift and birds often transfer the seeds without farmers knowledge, a regular occurence in nature — but the use of genetically modified seeds is not allowed if farmers want to market their crops as “organic.”

As a result, many, many small organic and family farms have found themselves ruined or in massive debt to the St. Louis company, and so in March 2011, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a motion on behalf of OSGTA and 82 other farming associations (including the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York), challenging Monsanto’s iron-clad patents.

The farmers’ cause has since been picked up by the Occupy movement, which mobilized today on Twitter and outside the courthouse in support of the farmers. They carried signs with slogans like “Stop Frankenfruit,” and “Keep Our Food Open Source.”

The judge has said she will make a decision on whether the case will move to trial by March 31.

[keyana.stevens | @keyanastevens]

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