The food on supermarket shelves is FDA approved, so it must be safe, right? Not necessarily, says this short but shocking video…
We all know that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to be keeping us safe by reviewing and approving the ingredients in the foods we eat, right? You may be surprised to learn that this is actually not the case. In fact, in the U.S., all food additives are not automatically required to be approved by the FDA before they are added to your food. Any ingredient that may be classified under the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation does not have to go through the approval process. Food manufacturers are aware of this loophole, and have used it to add thousands of untested ingredients to your foods without submitting them to FDA approval.
If you’ve ever wondered how GMO foods got into the food supply without you noticing, well, that’s how. The FDA classified GMOs as GRAS in 1992, despite many protests from concerned consumers.
This quick video shows you how food manufacturers are able to skirt the approval process and get their products to market quickly, without even informing the FDA of what ingredients they are using. Check it out, and then read more below to find more about this scary loophole:
So where did this loophole come from? It came into being through the 1958 Food Additives Amendment, which was intended to exempt common and historically safe food ingredients (such as vinegar, salt, baking soda, etc.) from the approval process. Little did lawmakers know in 1958 how many new and previously unknown chemicals would be used in food processing today!
A big part of the problem is that the original law is flexible enough that food companies are allowed to determine, themselves, whether a certain ingredient is GRAS! Once they manage to have an ingredient declared “safe,” they don’t have to have any third-party evaluation, nor do they even need to inform the FDA that the ingredient is being used – nor do they have to report the results of their “safety” assessments to anyone.
According to Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI),21,22 at least 1,000 ingredients are added to our food that the FDA has no knowledge of. One now “classic” example of the GRAS process gone awry is artificial trans fat, which was originally considered GRAS. Decades later and faced with a mountain of scientific evidence, the FDA has now deemed trans fat dangerous, saying it causes as many as 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year, and has withdrawn the GRAS designation from hydrogenated vegetable oils.
So what can you do about it?
Avoid processed foods as much as possible!
Only by choosing fresh, whole, organic and natural foods, and preparing them yourself, at home, can you really know that your food is truly safe and wholesome.
Your food safety is up to you! Take control of what you put in your body, and choose whole, unprocessed foods. They’re better for both your health, and the health of the world around you.