Drinks containing brominated vegetable oil face FDA ban

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Drinks containing brominated vegetable oil face FDA ban. In the past, brominated vegetable oil was widely used in well-known beverages such as Gatorade and Mountain Dew, but was gradually phased out due to the possible health risks associated with its use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed on Thursday that the use of brominated vegetable oil should be banned. This oil has been linked to liver, heart, and brain damage, among other health problems.

Food additives such as brominated vegetable oil are commonly used to prevent components in fruit-flavored drinks and sports drinks from separating from one another. Bromine is a component of flame retardants, which is why it is a component of this product.

There is still a limited amount of this ingredient in a few regionally popular beverages (such as Sun Drop citrus-flavored soda) and smaller brands found at the grocery store, even though it is no longer in many of the larger brands.

Food and beverage components containing this component are prohibited in Japan and the European Union.

There has been a bill signed by the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, earlier this month that aims to ban four food additives, among which brominated vegetable oil is one. In terms of substances that have not yet been approved by the FDA, California is the first state to take action in this regard.

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that brominated vegetable oil is not to be used anymore due to the fact that recent research on rodents revealed that this chemical is potentially harmful to the thyroid, a hormone that plays a vital role in controlling metabolism, blood pressure, and heart rate. 

Aside from that, prior studies have suggested that it may have adverse effects on the heart, liver, and nervous system, as well.

In a release from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency said that as a result of these data and unresolved safety concerns, it cannot now conclude that the use of BVO in food is safe.

Due to concerns that the ingredient could cause harm to the body, the FDA removed it from its list of substances designated as “Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective” in 1970, despite the fact that the FDA has continued to advise that it can be used in products in an interim capacity.

According to a recent announcement by the FDA, the agency will be taking public comments on its proposed rule until January 17th.

Initially, the new regulation was meant to be effective from the date of the official announcement that the ban would be passed, but the government announced that it would allow the industry to reformulate and rebrand their products within a year of its occurrence.

As a result of the FDA’s determination that red dye No 3, which was also banned in California as an additive to food, may pose a new risk of cancer to consumers, the dye has been included in the FDA’s food additive ban.

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