Why Aren’t American Consumers Being Protected?

by Chris Jones on February 20, 2011

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1. Genetically modified foods and animal produce raised on GM feed must be labeled in European Union countries. Why not in the USA?

http://www.drgreene.com/blog/2003/07/25/genetically-modified-food-europe

2. The practice of adding antibiotics to animal feed in order to promote the growth of livestock has been banned in European Union countries since 2006. Why is it still permissible in the United States?

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/1687&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN

3. European nations and Canada have banned the use of genetically modified bovine growth hormone (rBGH) which stimulates the production of milk containing increased levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1). High concentrations of IGF-1 in human serum are associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers. Why is the use of rBGH not banned in the U.S.A.?

http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/general/milk.htm

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(02)00731-3/abstract

4. Chemical companies are now being required to prove that their products are safe before releasing them for commercial use in Europe. Why not in the USA?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/11/AR2008061103569.html

5. The inclusion of phthalates, industrial chemicals used as solvents, is banned in deodorants, hair sprays, nail polishes and perfumes in European Union countries. Why not in the USA?

http://environment.about.com/od/healthenvironment/a/phthalates.htm

6. Direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers is banned in almost every country. Why not in the USA?

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Direct-to-consumer_advertising
http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=2867

Why are Americans not being protected? Ask the politicians in Washington D.C.

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