American Versus European Food and Drink Standards

Some of us may not look at the labels very well when buying food and drink products, except for the brands we want to get. Usually, we would just get them from the grocery shelves and freezers and stuff them to our carts. But, if we look closely and compare them, especially the U.S. and EU products, we would be able to distinguish each one’s standards.

It’s sad that some pesticides, such as Dacthal, are banned in Europe and classified as a carcinogen is allowed to be used on many of items we eat regularly in the US.

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The U.S. and Europe differ in many food product standards and regulations. One of which is the food additives wherein there are more European restrictions because they only allow not harmful additives to it. America on the other hand allow additives until proven harmful. Many artificial ingredients such as petrochemical-based food coloring, BVOs, and RGBHs that are banned in Europe are still used in the U.S as a result. Another is that FDA (U.S. food policy) discloses 8 common allergens namely eggs, fish, shellfish, soybeans, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, and wheat, while EU FIC (European food policy) requires listing 14 allergens directly in the ingredients section of the food labels and restaurants. When it comes to food labeling, FDA changed twice while the European changed it recently focusing on mandatory information, allergens, and nutritional information listings.

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