The Food and Drug Administration may ban the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food, the agency announced in a statement on Thursday.
The organization “proposed to revoke the regulation authorizing” its use and declared that “the intended use of BVO in food is no longer considered safe,” citing studies conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which found potentially dangerous health effects.
The citrus-boosting additive was previously used in beverages including Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other products and still remains in drinks including Sun Drop and numerous off-brand sodas.
The FDA announced that the toxicology reports have given the administration “conclusive scientific evidence to support [the] proposal to remove the FDA’s food additive authorization for BVO.” (Read more from “FDA Looks to Ban Controversial Food Additive: ‘No Longer Considered Safe'” HERE)
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