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August 02, 2018

Food Additives May Pose Health Risks to Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a report calling for stronger federal food safety requirements of common food additives.

The AAP report highlighted a few of the more prevalent chemicals of the over 10,000 that the FDA deems as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) in spite a growing body of evidence that that they are not. They highlight too, that these are particularly dangerous to children who’s growing systems are much more sensitive to such chemicals.

What does the AAP report suggest avoiding?

It outlines "direct" food additives commonly found in processed foods including:

    • Artificial colors
    • Artificial flavors
    • Nitrates and Nitrites

It also suggested that consumers avoid products in which “indirect” additives from certain plastics, glues and dyes that have been used as part of the packaging and manufacturing of many processed foods. These include:

    • Bisphenols, such as BPA, a plastic hardener.
    • Phthalates which make the plastic tubes of industrial food production equipment flexible.
    • Perchlorate, which is added to some dry food packaging to control static electricity.

To avoid these, the AAP suggested avoiding processed foods and meats as well as avoiding plastics that contain these ingredients. In particular it's a good idea to avoid plastics with recycling codes 3 (phthalates) and 7 (bisphenols).

What does that mean to us at Fred Ricky's?

While this new study focuses on the effect of these substances on children, we at Fred and Ricky’s were wary of additives and chemicals long before this report was issued. In fact, not using food additives, preservatives and chemicals in our food is just as important to us as it is as not using animal products and oils!

You will never, ever see anything but pure, clean food ingredients on our labels.

We created Fred and Ricky’s to help make it easier for people to live healthier, happier lives by eating clean plant-based foods. It hardly makes sense to hinder the beautiful clean power of plants with potentially harmful chemicals and additives!

Additionally, we are far from being a factory so you will not find any industrial factory-like tubes or other equipment here. We are a team of chef’s and cooks in a kitchen – albeit our kitchen is likely a bit larger than yours, but it is still filled with the kinds of kitchen equipment you would recognize.

And our packaging?

All our containers are BPA, phthalate and bisphenol free. Plus, our containers have been carefully sourced to be both reusable and recyclable.  

The bottom line?

While avoiding chemicals and preservatives in our food and packaging does make it harder and more costly for us to operate, we believe doing so is critically important to both our customers as well as our planet.

We hope that as more and more trusted and respected institutions such as the American Academy of Pediatrics call attention to the dangers of these chemicals, the Government will take notice and make long overdue changes. In the meantime, we thank our customers who “vote with their pocketbooks” and support us in this mission.  

For more information check out Dr. Tara Narula, MD on CBS News:

 Source, American Academy of Pediatrics Report “Food Additives and Child Health, Volume 142, number 2, August 2018

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