Fact: The European Union has banned 7 industrial food-related substances and practices that are still fine and dandy in the US. That's the subject of a recent article by Tom Philpott for Mother Jones — an enlightening, sobering look at the what the EPA deems important when it comes to food safety.
Here are just a few of the substances and practices banned by the EU but still happening or being used in the US:
1. Atrazine: The EU banned this corn herbicide in 2003, calling it a "potent endocrine disrupter." The EPA says it's scheduled to undergo another review this year.
2. Arsenic in chicken, turkey, and pig feed: Arsenic, in its organic form, makes animals grow faster and turns the meat pink. But it turns inorganic — and poisonous — when it hits the guts of animals. Arsenic in feed was "never approved as safe for animal feed in the European Union, Japan, and many other countries." There are still several arsenical feed additives available in the US.
3. Poultry litter" in cow feed: In 2001 the EU banned all forms of animal protein, including chicken litter, from being used in cow feed. In the US this practice still remains unrestricted and unregulated.
See the rest of list and more details on each at the link below:
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