- diminish /dih-MIN-ish/
- withdraw /with-DRAW/
- endorse /en-DAWRS/
- adverse /ad-VURS/
- ongoing /ON-goh-ing/
[verb] – to reduce or be reduced in size or importance
The support for the project started to diminish after the initial excitement wore off.
[verb] – to take or move out or back, or to remove
Realizing the potential health risks, the company decided to withdraw the controversial ingredient from their product line.
[verb] – to make a public statement of your approval or support for something or someone
After careful consideration, the mayor decided to endorse the new environmental policy.
[adjective ] – having a negative or harmful effect on something
Despite their best efforts, the team faced adverse conditions that made completing the project on time a significant challenge.
[adjective ] – continuing to exist or develop, or happening at the present moment
The ongoing investigation aims to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance.
Though BVO can be found in some products, primarily certain sodas, its prevalence has diminished over time, partly due to earlier FDA restrictions. In 1970, the FDA withdrew its designation of BVO as ‘Generally Recognized as Safe,’ prompting many beverage manufacturers to seek alternative ingredients. Additionally, a 2012 petition, endorsed by over 200,000 individuals, heightened awareness of health concerns, leading numerous companies to remove BVO from their offerings. The FDA’s proposed ban stems from studies, mainly conducted on animals, that demonstrated potential adverse effects on the thyroid gland. This gland is critical to the regulation of many body activities. The FDA’s decision is part of an ongoing effort to monitor emerging scientific evidence and take regulatory action when necessary to ensure food safety. Public comments on this proposed rule will be accepted until January 17, allowing for input from various stakeholders. If the ban is enacted, beverage manufacturers will have a designated period to adapt their products before the new regulation is enforced. Alongside this, the FDA is re-examining the potential risks associated with red dye No. 3, a synthetic food coloring, as part of California’s broader food additive ban.
- Have you ever checked the ingredient list on a food or beverage product for additives like brominated vegetable oil (BVO)? If so, did it influence your decision to purchase the product? If not, is this something you might consider doing in the future?
- Have you encountered instances where individuals have been affected by the use of food additives, such as experiencing health concerns or making dietary choices based on ingredient lists? If so, how have these experiences shaped your perception of food safety regulations? If not, do you believe this issue warrants broader discussion and understanding in society? Why or why not?
- Do you think the FDA’s proposed ban on brominated vegetable oil (BVO) would stop people from consuming certain citrus-flavored beverages?
- What do you think could be some challenges or hurdles that food manufacturers might face in reformulating products without the use of BVO?
- How do you think consumer preferences and purchasing habits might be influenced by the FDA’s ban on BVO? Do you anticipate any shifts in the types of products consumers choose? Why or why not?
- health risk
- citrus-flavored beverage