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Flame Retardant Chemical Banned in Europe and Japan Used in U.S. Soda for Decades

Anthony Gucciardi
December 16th, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 10:58 am
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Why has a flame retardant chemical banned in Europe and Japan been used as an ingredient in North American sodas for decades? If you live in the United States and drink citrus-flavored sodas such as Mountain Dew, you may be ingesting this substance that has health professionals up in arms. A synthetic chemical known as brominated vegetable oil (BVO) — first patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant — is increasingly being identified as a threat to your health, but soda companies still have yet to remove BVO as an ingredient.

Added to about 10% of sodas in North America for decades, BVO has reportedly led to soda-drinkers experiencing skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders. Interestingly, these are all the symptoms of overexposure to bromine. What is most concerning is the fact that studies have found that BVO can actually build up in human tissue, accumulating in large quantities over long periods of soda consumption.

Industry Reports Set “Safety Limit” on BVO

Is it any surprise that reports from a group within the industry were instrumental in establishing limits on what the FDA considers a “safe limit” for BVO in sodas? Scientists have disputed the supposed safety level, stating that not only is the data frail, but the research is several decades old and needs to be re-examined. Meanwhile, soda drinkers are being exposed to this toxic flame retardant chemical on a daily basis. It is not uncommon for some Americans to drink upwards of 5-6 sodas per day, and Mountain Dew is a popular choice against soda lovers.

“Aside from these reports, the scientific data is scarce,” said Walter Vetter, a food chemist at Germany’s University of Hohenheim and author of a recent, but unpublished, study on BVO in European soda imports.

Imagine the amount of BVO that has accumulated in the tissue of a lifelong soda drinker.

How can you tell which sodas contain BVO? Well, Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, and Powerade Strawberry Lemonade or Fresca Original Citrus all contain BVO. This is a not a complete list, however, and it is important to check the ingredient list. Sodas should be avoided regardless of BVO content, as BVO is not the only ingredient you need to worry about. Many sodas contain mercury-filled high-fructose corn syrup, or the carcinogenic artificial sweetener aspartame.

You can even hold a bottle of Mountain Dew up to a light and see the presence of BVO. BVO creates the cloudy look of the beverage by keeping the ‘fruity flavor’ mixed into the drink. Without the presence of BVO, the flavoring would float to the surface and separate.

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  • Drinkdew4life

    Ohhh wahh we all got to die of something pussies.

    • Anonymous

      You remind me if my patients who say I'm gonna die happy cuz I like smoking. Undfortunately they die from basically suffocating to death , colon, pancreas or ovarian cancer and the list goes on…. Diabetics say happy eating sugar but they end up miserable as neuropathy sets in to their toes a d they can't feel so thy get an infection then lose the whole door or toe. Theibeye sight becomes blurry then thy are bling slide o uncontrolled sugar. Our heart patients who wanna eat fast food all week ci it makes them happy… Until they are writhing In pain from a heart attack . Our country is like no other in allowing the rich to do whatever they want to grow more and bigger foods. is it too much to ask to not have harmful chemicals in what we eat? Really?

  • Kirsten Mortensen

    There is also evidence that Bromine is toxic to the thyroid.

    Bromine is molecularly similar to iodine. If you are not getting enough iodine in your diet (and 80% of Americans do not) then your thyroid will take up bromine (and fluoride for that matter).

  • Choo Hader

    FDA – Federal Depopulation Agency

    nothing but Big Pharma whores, helping to keep people sick and poor so the State can control them and loot any post-tax earnings they managed to accumulate during life. By the time you pay taxes and then for food, energy, and healthcare there is nothing left for most – just the way the bankers who own us want it.

  • Jason

    There have also been some health concerns about the combination of sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid or vitamin C. When the two are mixed, they can form the chemical benzene, which is carcinogenic. However, sodium benzoate on its own is not considered a carcinogen. Drinks that contain these toxic combinations are the same as the BVO solf drink products. This has been known for 10 years and they are still in the solf drinks like Mountain Dew, Etc.

    • Anonymous

      Wow! Powerful info, Jason. Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous

    The garbage they put into our food supply is evidence enough how twisted the FDA is.

  • mike

    …does this mean that mountain dew drinkers can't be cremated after death?

  • Jaime

    Yet another reason not to drink nutrient-depleted sodas.

  • Roger

    Amazing what the FDA will allow for!