Remove Dangerous Chemicals from Food Products

Target: Michael R Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods,  American Food and Drug Administration

Goal:  Ban the use of dangerous chemicals in American food products.

A recent article from U.K. paper The Daily Mail revealed that eight to ten food products sold in American stores contain chemicals banned outside of the U.S.  These chemicals include food coloring agents derived from petroleum, brominated vegetable oil, and the bleaching agent azocarbonimade, and they have been linked to organ damage, kidney failure, cancer, hearing loss, and birth defects.  Europe, Canada, and China have outlawed the use of these dangerous chemicals in food processing and production.  The FDA, however, has not, and these chemicals remain in highly popular food products such as Mountain Dew, Hungry Man Frozen Dinners, and Chex Mix, according to The Daily Mail.

Food is a political issue.  Obviously, eating locally and organically is the best option for Americans concerned about health and nutrition, but many U.S. citizens either cannot afford to do this, or they live in areas where natural organic food is not readily available.  Many low-income, cost-conscious Americans seek out, by necessity, the cheapest and most filling food products available.  Unfortunately, many of the cheapest foodstuffs available also contain hazardous chemicals.  Should American citizens be harmed simply for purchasing affordable food?  No.  The FDA must pressure food corporations to remove these dangerous ingredients from their products by outlawing their use, and by fining and shutting down the companies that continue to use these hazardous chemicals.


Dear Michael R. Taylor,

Recent articles have revealed the fact that eight to ten American food products sold in stores contain dangerous chemicals.   Brominated vegetable oil, for example, is found in Gatorade, PowerAde, and Mountain Dew and has been linked to kidney damage and hearing loss.  Azocarbonimade, a chemical used in the creation of bleach and rubber products, is “approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour” despite its being linked to respiratory problems such as asthma.  A number of artificial food dyes currently used in American food productions have also been linked to various cancers.

It shouldn’t take an international newspaper to alert Americans to the safety hazards of their foods.  Americans trust the FDA and you, by proxy.  Show the American people that their government cares about their health and what they put into their bodies.  Show the American people that  producing healthy, safe, and nutritious food products matters more to the FDA than helping companies save a buck.  Ban the use of brominated vegetable oil, azocarbonimade, potassium bromide, and carcinogenic food dyes, and prosecute companies that refuse to comply with this new federal regulation.


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