Foods Americans eat that are banned around the world

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Each country has different guidelines on food safety, but some of the foods that we eat here in the U.S. are actually banned in other parts of the world because they may cause health risks.

Farmed salmon is sold in the U.S., but it is banned in some countries because of the antibiotics and other additives that give the fish its pinkish color.

Genetically engineered papaya is eaten in America, but not in the EU. Ractopamine is a drug used to help farm animals gain weight, but other countries have put a ban on it because it may lead to heart problems or hyperactivity.

Potassium bromate, an additive used in “enriched” breads, such as hot dog and hamburger buns, has been shown to cause damage to the kidneys, nervous system, and thyroid, and has even been linked to cancer.

Coloring agents used in foods like macaroni and cheese and Jell-O have been shown to lead to cancer and birth defects. The fat substitute Olestra, or Olean, is often used in fat-free snacks, but it can cause stomach issues and may even lead to weight gain.

Fox News, 10/23/13

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