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American Apples Banned in Europe!

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
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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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9:51PM PDT on May 24, 2014

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.

5:31AM PDT on May 12, 2014

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...

6:00AM PDT on May 10, 2014

Why must everything be interfered with?

5:59AM PDT on May 10, 2014

Noted

9:04PM PDT on May 9, 2014

Thank you!

1:19PM PDT on May 9, 2014

Oh, the US....

11:59AM PDT on May 9, 2014

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

9:21AM PDT on May 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:02AM PDT on May 8, 2014

AMERICA USES 80,000 TOXIC CHEMICALS AND POLLUTANTS EUROPE WILL NOT ALLOWED.

4:45PM PDT on May 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing !!

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