FDA May Finally Ban Flame-Retardant From Being Used in Food and Beverages

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal to revoke authorization to use brominated vegetable oil in food products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working to ban the use of a long-controversial ingredient found in food and beverages, which has already been banned in a list of other countries.

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Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO — which contains the flame-retardant bromine — is outlawed in parts of the world including in Europe and in India and Japan.

The FDA’s new announcement comes after the U.S. state of California said it would ban the ingredient, along with a list of other additives. The FDA said it conducted more studies, in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Division of Translational Toxicology, which “clearly show adverse health effects in animals in levels” that closely match real-world intake through products which contain BVO.

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