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FDA prohibits the use of BVO, a common additive in certain sodas and sports drinks

FDA Revokes Authorization for BVO in Food Due to Safety Concerns: What You Need to Know

FDA Revokes Use of Brominated Vegetable Oil in Food Due to Safety Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made a significant decision to revoke the regulation that authorized the use of brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food. Effective August 2, this move comes after the FDA determined that BVO is no longer considered safe for human consumption.

Initially authorized by the agency for use in small amounts to prevent citrus flavor from separating in beverages, BVO has been under scrutiny since 1970. Recent studies conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health raised concerns about potential adverse effects in humans, leading to the FDA’s decision to remove the ingredient from the food supply.

California took action against BVO last October with the passage of the California Food Safety Act, joining Europe and Japan where BVO is already banned.

While over 600 branded products may still contain BVO according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s database, major beverage makers like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Keurig Dr Pepper have been working to reformulate their products to remove the controversial ingredient. Consumers can check product labels for “brominated vegetable oil” or related terms to identify drinks containing BVO.

The FDA’s decision underscores the importance of ongoing research and monitoring of food additives to ensure public health and safety. As more companies move away from BVO, consumers can make informed choices about the beverages they purchase.

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