However, the Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the product for human consumption at concentration levels of 45 parts per million. It has not been approved for food in the European Union or Australia, EWG reports.
The 500 products discovered to contain the chemical in U.S. stores are made by 130 companies, including well-known brands such as Pillsbury, Sara Lee, Shoprite, Safeway, Smucker’s, Fleischman’s, Jimmy Dean, Kroger, Little Debbie, Tyson, Nature’s Own and Wonder, as well as fast-food chains such as Starbucks, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts.
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“ADA is just one example of an American food supply awash in chemical additives that can be mixed into foods with little oversight or safety review,” said David Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist and co-author of the analysis. “Americans have regularly eaten this chemical along with hundreds of other questionable food additives for years. That is why we are putting together an online database that will enable consumers to make more informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed to their family.”
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