When it comes to government regulatory agencies established to protect the consumer from harmful foods, chemicals and dyes/coloring how do U.S. standards compare with other nations? With so many factors used to evaluate”safety standards,” can we agree that the government should use scientific evidence supporting the HIGHEST STANDARDS (most stringent) limiting the selection of POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS products, chemicals and dyes/coloring to protect the consumer? In other words, when in doubt, BAN THE SUBSTANCE!
This is not the case. Are you aware that different standards exist for different nations around the world?
For example, did you know:
“the use of lead-based interior paints was banned in France, Belgium and Austria in 1909. Much of Europe followed suit before 1940. It took the U.S. until 1978 to make this move, even though health experts had, for decades, recognized the potentially acute — even deadly — and irreversible hazards of lead exposure.”¹
“Atrazine, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is estimated to be one of the most heavily used herbicides in the U.S., was banned in Europe in 2003 due to concerns about its dangers as a water pollutant.”² This product (as of 2016) remains one of the most heavily used herbicides in the United States.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration places no restrictions on the use of formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing ingredients in cosmetics or personal care products. Yet formaldehyde-releasing agents are banned from these products in Japan and Sweden while their levels — and that of formaldehyde — are limited elsewhere in Europe.”³
“In the United States, children can drink fruit juice beverages made with Red Dye No. 40 and eat macaroni and cheese colored with Yellow Dye No. 5 and No. 6. Yet in the U.K., these artificial colorings have been taken off the market due to health concerns, while in the rest of Europe, products that contain them must carry labels warning of the dyes’ potential adverse effect on children’s attention and behavior”4
These are just four examples of substances that have been evaluated and determined safe for use or consumption in the United States, YET questionable or unsafe in other nations. Since both sides can’t be right, why would any nation choose a policy supporting (potential) risks DECREASING consumer safety? Since the United States has a history of reversing its policies regarding the safety and efficacy of drugs, chemicals, and dyes/coloring, why do these consumer agencies continue to allow these dangerous substances to cause harm for decades before finally reversing their decision and banning further use or mandating warning labels?
THIS 1957 PICTURE REPRESENTS THE (“SAFE AND “HEALTHY“) CHEMICAL SPRAYING OF DDT DIRECTLY ON CHILDREN AS A WEAPON TO COMBAT MOSQUITOES.
The United States offers many benefits and opportunities to the citizens residing in this wonderful nation. This, however, doesn’t mean we should blindly accept federal and state policies because our government assures us they are in our best interest. We must remain vigilant regarding healthcare policies and consumer safety policies and vehemently challenge ANY non transparent policy. When government regulatory agencies favor Big Industry growth over consumer safety standards we must begin voicing our objections by refusing to purchase these products and substances.
If our agencies claim that arsenic, formaldehyde, red/yellow and blue dyes, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, etc… are all safe, BUT, WE CHOOSE TO AVOID THEM, what health consequences are we potentially exposing ourselves to?
Now, let’s assume these agencies are INCORRECT with their claims that arsenic, formaldehyde, red/yellow and blue dyes, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, etc… are all safe AND WE CONSUME THESE PRODUCTS, what health consequences are we potentially exposing ourselves to?
CANCER?, ALZTHEIMER’S DISEASE?, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?, LIVER DISEASE?, GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE?, ETC…
What do our government agencies have to lose if they’re wrong?
What do YOU and I have to lose IF THEY’RE WRONG?
(Footnotes 1-4) http://ensia.com/features/banned-in-europe-safe-in-the-u-s/