by Hector Vargas
(Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia)

Toxic preservative. Used in powdered spices to stop color change. Also used in pet food. Suspected liver and kidney cancer cause and more. To find more details search Google for: Ethoxyquin Carcinogenic Toxic Food Preservative in Pet Foods: A Letter to the FDA by Gloria Dodd, DVM

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May 02, 2014
Use of Ethoxyquin in the USA
by: Ellen W.

In the United States both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate the uses of Ethoxyquin. See fact sheet at:

Developed by Monsanto in the 1950's, Ethoxyquin was initially registered as a pesticide in 1965.

"All pesticides sold or distributed in the United States must be registered by EPA, based on scientific studies showing that they can be used without posing unreasonable risks to humans or the environment." source:

Ethoxyquin is registered for use as an antioxidant to control browning in pears. It is applied post-harvest by spraying/drenching, paper wrapping, or a combination of the two.

Ethoxyquin is also regulated by the FDA for its use as a preservative in animal feed, dehydrated crops and sorghum, and as a antioxidant for the preservation of color in the production of chili powder, paprika, and ground chili.

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