Soda Might Taste Different After FDA Bans Controversial Additive

(VitalNews.org) – The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced that they will be banning the use of brominated vegetable oil, also referred to as BVO, in food items, which will take effect at the beginning of next month.

BVO is a vegetable oil modified with bromine, and it has been in foods since the twenties; it serves as a stabilizer for citrus in beverages, so the flavor doesn’t float to the top. The controversy over the ingredient is around the fact that it is modified with bromine.

A registered dietitian nutritionist at the Mayo Clinic, Katherine Zeratsky, explained, “Health concerns about BVO stem from one of its ingredients, bromine. Bromine can irritate the skin, nose, mouth and stomach.”

Zeratsky added, “It’s also been linked to neurologic symptoms in people who drink large quantities of citrus soda — more than 2 liters a day.”

BVO is able to leave remaining bits of bromine triglycerides in the heart, liver, brain, and body fat, which can be dangerous if consumed often, as it can lead to bromine toxicity.

Although this ingredient has been in food since the twenties, it was actually removed from the FDA’s Generally Regarded as Safe List in the seventies and then restricted its use in products. As of now, BVO Is banned in countries, such as India, the U.K. Japan, and the E.U.

In the United States, Governor Gavin Newsom of California and New York Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban the ingredient. The ban coming from the FDA was decided based on research that linked oral exposure of BVO to thyroid damage. The thyroid controls hormones, metabolism, and brain development.

With this, many companies have already removed this ingredient from their beverages such as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Said the agency, “The compliance date for this rule is one year after the effective date to provide the opportunity for companies to reformulate, relabel, and deplete the inventory of BVO-containing products before the FDA begins enforcing the final rule.”

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