American Apples Banned in Europe!

Few people would debate the fact that apples are considered a health food. Why then has the import of apples from the United States been banned in Europe?

Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott reports that the ban has to do with a substance called “diphenylamine” (DPA) which is applied to most conventionally grown apples after harvest. DPA helps keep apples from getting “storage scald” (brown spots that can develop after the fruit is stored for prolonged periods of time).

While DPA is not currently considered to have direct health risks, there are concerns over the possibility of DPA forming nitrosamines (a known family of carcinogens) as it deteriorates, which is why European food safety regulators started to question the use of DPA on apples.

In response to these concerns:

The industry came back with just one study that detected three unknown chemicals on DPA-treated apples, but it could not determine if any of these chemicals, apparently formed when the DPA broke down, were nitrosamines. – Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Unsatisfied with the response, the EFSA banned use of DPA on apples in 2012. And in March, the agency then slashed the tolerable level of DPA on imported apples to 0.1 parts per million, EWG reports.“ Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

In 2010, 80 percent of apples tested by the US Department of Agriculture contained DPA residues on them. “Average reading: 0.42 ppm, or about four times the new European limit.”

In the US the Environmental Protection Agency allows DPA residues of up to 10 ppm and doesn’t seem too eager to perform further research on this chemical and its potential health risk.

So are DPA sprayed apples safe for consumption? It seems the jury is out for now, but European food safety regulators aren’t taking any chances. So, should we?

To read the original post:Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe.

* Veganic and organic apples are not directly sprayed with DPA.

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Sources:

Mother Jones
Forbes
Gawker

183 comments

Angela K.
Angela K1 years ago

Thanks for sharing, I agree with Diane W. and I hope , America over thinking and check their food handling in interests of consumers !

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

Smart People!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

They are smart. Maybe if enough of our products are rejected the US will change their contaminating ways and think more on health issues rather than profit.

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Sam Dyson
Past Member 2 years ago

Good. Buy local support your local farming community or as close to home as possible. This way we prevent the need for these nasty additives having to be put into our food to prevent spoilage. If we eat what's in season, and in our region, then we are actually getting all the nutrients and vitamins we NEED for THAT SEASON...and so further avoid illness. Just seems like common sense to me...

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

Why must everything be interfered with?

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Tanya W.
Tanya W2 years ago

Noted

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Anne K.
Anne K2 years ago

Thank you!

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Oh, the US....

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Leslie W.
Leslie W2 years ago

Is ANY food shipped or grown in America safe?! This is ridiculous!!

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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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