Ban Harmful Preservative in American Food Products


Target: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg

Goal: Ban the use of BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) in products sold in the United States

Though BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is banned in many countries, including Canada, Japan, and part of the European Union, this dangerous preservative is frequently used in products sold in the United States. Tests have shown that the use of BHA induces inflammation and hyperactivity, triggers allergic reactions, and is reasonably expected to cause cancer in humans. Despite these grotesque findings, the Food and Drug Administration allows this preservative to be used in any marketable product. Urge the FDA to ban BHA and require companies to use alternative forms of preservatives that are safe for human consumption.

Workers at the FDA likely have good intentions when it comes to ensuring the health of American consumers and the products they consume. Unfortunately, American citizens are not healthy and the foods we eat are even less so. A failed health system lobbies for new quick fixes and magic pills to cure our ailments when the very foods we eat contribute to death and disease. BHA is a known toxic chemical preservative that is used in everyday foods like cereals, nut mixes, processed meats, beer, butter, and baked goods. It is also used in cosmetics, rubber products, and pharmaceuticals.

American consumers eat and use these products daily and later suffer health ramifications that could be prevented if a responsible food administration would take action to ban harmful substances.

Many of the countries that have banned this preservative care more about preventing health problems than trying to fix them once the damage has already occurred. American people are suffering from the consumption of toxic chemicals like BHA, but the FDA still has not yet found a reason to ban it even though many foreign administrations have.

It is possible for food companies to replace BHA with natural Vitamin E, and General Mills has successfully used this alternative in cereals. Since BHA is proven to be harmful and the FDA is obligated to prohibit the use of harmful chemicals in everyday products, this specific preservative deserves an official seal of disapproval. Urge the FDA to look out for the wellbeing of American citizens and place an ban on all products containing BHA.


Dear Ms. Hamburg,

Though the chemical preservative BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is banned in many countries as it is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen, it is still permitted in products sold in the United States for unknown reasons. I find this disturbing because BHA is proven to be dangerous, and yet your organization allows cancer-causing substances into cereals, nut mixes, processed meats, beer, butter, and baked goods, all common foods that are consumed on a regular basis by many.

Not only is this chemical dangerous, but it can easily be replaced with preservatives like natural Vitamin E, and therefore there is no reason it should be used in any form in any product. I urge you to follow the lead of the many foreign countries that consider BHA a dangerous chemical and officially ban its use in all products sold in the United States.


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One Comment

  1. anndrea riley says:

    It’s time to stop making Americans sick to fill your pockets

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