Banned Foods
Banned Foods

Beware! A huge number of foods found in US stores are actually banned in most countries. The reason is very simple – they contain dangerous additives, genetically modified ingredients, growth hormones and/or other harmful ingredients.

A List of Banned Foods and an Explanation about why they are banned

GM (genetically modified) papaya

The majority of papayas that come from Hawaii are genetically modified in order to become resistant to the so-called ringspot virus. This virus has threatened to destroy crops in the US in the early 1990s.

About 13 years ago, Hawaii has seen a large-scale contamination of papaya crops with genetically modified varieties. After that, about eight years ago, contamination with genetically modified organisms has affected over 20,000 papaya seeds on Oahu and the Big Island.

Animals that consume GE foods are dealing with many different health issues like damage to different organs, intestinal damage, birth defects, large tumors, sterility after three generations, and premature death. That’s why GM papaya id banned in the European Union.

Farm-raised salmon

Farm-raised salmon is raised on a completely unnatural diet based on GE grains. In addition, it is not uncommon for this salmon to consume drugs, vitamins, dangerous antibiotics and chemicals that are not recommended for humans. If you love salmon, your only option is wild-caught salmon.

Even though farm-raised salmon is fattier compared to wild-caught salmon, it comes with less protein and half the amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Farmed salmon contains much more dangerous compounds like dioxins, PCBs, dieldrin, toxaphene and even mercury.

Banned Foods
Banned Foods

Farm-raised salmon is prone to developing infections with deadly fish viruses like salmon alphavirus, salmon anemia virus and piscine reovirus. Finally, due to the fact that farm-raised salmon doesn’t have the specific pink/red color typical for wild salmon, breeders give them artificial astaxanthin based on petrochemicals to achieve the same effect.

9 out of 10 toxins found in farm-raised salmon have the ability to build up in the body and they can be transferred to newborns and even be extracted from breast milk. Farm-raised salmon has been banned in Australia since 1975, in New Zealand since 2006 and in Russia since 2006.

Meat tainted with ractopamine

Ractopamine, also called Optaflexx and Paylean, is a beta-agonist drug designed for livestock as an asthma treatment. But, after some period of time, farmers have concluded that it lowers the level of fat in meat too.

In the United States, ractopamine is usually used as muscle strengthener and enhancer in an unknown percentage of turkeys, 3 out of 10 ration-fed cattle and almost half of the pigs.

Michael W. Fox, a famous US veterinarian, says that nearly 20% of this drug stays in the meat found in stores. In the last 20 years, over 1,700 individuals have been poisoned from ractopamine-fed pigs.

This compound is associated with damages to the cardiovascular system, chromosomal abnormalities, hyperactivity and behavioral changes. It is banned in most EU countries as well as in Russia and China.

Flame retardant in beverages

BVO or brominated vegetable oil was created by chemical companies to act as an efficient flame retardant. Today, it can be found in sports drinks and sodas flavored with artificial citrus. These beverages are found in stores across the US.

The FDA has approved BVO for use 40 years ago. Numerous studies have shown that this oil can build up in breast milk and human tissue. Several animal studies have confirmed that it can lead to behavioral issues and reproductive problems. Fanta, Powerade, Mountain Dew, Gatorade – these are some of the brands where you can find traces or relatively large doses of BVO.

BVO has been associated with organ damage, growth issues, birth defects, hearing loss, and schizophrenia. Bromine toxicity can lead to loss of appetite, acne, skin rashes, cardiac arrhythmia, and fatigue. It is banned in 14 countries in Europe as well as in Japan.

Processed foods with artificial food dyes and colors

Over 3,000 food additives including flavoring, preservatives, colors and a myriad of artificial ingredients are found in US foods and foods for young children and infant foods are not an exception.

Eight years ago, British authorities have issued a recommendation to all food manufacturers to avoid food dyes and colors. Foods that contain such colors and dyes must be labeled clearly in the EU. Some of the most used food dyes in the United States are blue 2, yellow 6, yellow 5 and red 40.

Food colors and dye are typically found in Jell-O and other cereals for children, cheddar flavored crackers and mac and cheese. Several scientific studies have suggested that this mixture of additives can lead to birth defects, hypersensitivity reactions in children, cancer, and behavioral changes. Processed foods with artificial dyes and colors are banned in Austria and Norway.

Arsenic-enriched chicken

Drugs based on arsenic are free for use at least in animal feed in the United States. In this way, animals can grow faster and the meat will get a fresher and pinker appearance. In 2007, over 70 percent of the nine billion broiler chickens born in the US have received Roxarsone, a feed drug based on arsenic.

Six years ago, Pfizer told the public that they will stop Roxarsone marketing campaign.
Exposure to large amounts of arsenic can lead to headaches, anemia, low blood pressure, skin lesions, stillbirth, low birth weight, low IQ, increased chances of developing diabetes, kidney failure and damage, increased chances of witnessing infant mortality and miscarriage.

Use of arsenic-based drugs in chicken is banned in the European Union.

Bread that contains potassium bromate

Brominated flour contains potassium bromate. Popular baking companies say that this compound improves elasticity in the dough. Brominated flour is usually used in wraps, rolls, bread, bagel chips and bread crumbs.

This compound has been associated with nervous system damage, kidney problems, thyroid issues, cancer and GI discomfort. The European Union, Canada, and even China have banned brominated flour.


Olean, also known as olestra, made by Procter & Gamble, represents a fat substitute free of cholesterol and calories. It is commonly used in so-called fat-free snacks. The FDA has approved it back in 1996.

According to Time magazine, this is one of the most dangerous inventions of all time at least when it comes to food.
Olean is typically found in French fries and chips. There is evidence that this compound can lead to some serious health issues.

Namely, lab rats that ate potato chips based on olean have gained weight. It is possible to experience intestinal reactions to this fake fat. Oily anal leakage, leaky bowels, cramps, and diarrhea are some of the common reactions.

Olean can also deplete vitamin A, D, E, and K and carotenoids in the body. Canada and the United Kingdom are the two countries that have banned Olean.

BHT and BHA preservatives

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) represent toxic preservatives which are commonly found in drinks and foods like beer, meat, nut mixes, breakfast cereal, dehydrated potatoes, chewing gum, and butter spread.

BHA has been associated with cancer in lab rats and it might also lead to cancer in humans. In addition, BHA is leading to hyperactivity and allergic reactions in some individuals. On the other hand, BHT can lead to organ system toxicity. Both BHA and BHT are banned in Japan and the European Union.

Milk and dairy products loaded with rBGH

In case you didn’t know, rBGH is an artificial version of BST (natural bovine somatotropin) which is a hormone naturally created in the pituitary glands in cows in order to boost production of milk.

Monsanto has created the artificial version based on GE Escherichia coli bacteria and offers it under a new name – Posilac. About 18% of dairy cows in the US are receiving growth hormone injections.

18 years ago, the Safety Agency at UN has decided to avoid endorsement rBGH milk. As a result of that, US milk was banned worldwide.
According to some experts, cows that are injected with rBGH are dealing with many different health problems like a high level of mastitis.

When it comes to humans, exposure to rGBH can lead to prostate, colorectal and breast cancer.
It is banned in New Zealand, Australia, the European Union, Israel, and Canada.

See the infographic here Dr. Mercola