Flame Retardant Soda Is Safe To Drink According To FDA


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq./www.liattorney.com

Many of us have heard of flame retardant pajamas for children, but far less have heard of flame retardant soda.  We wouldn’t eat flame retardant pajamas, so why does the FDA say it’s safe to drink soda containing flame retardant?

There are a multitude of health preserving reasons not to drink soda and other assorted soft drinks, but one reason in particular is Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO).  BVO is a vegetable oil derived from corn or soy and is used in citrus flavored sodas and soft drinks, as an emulsifier to help the flavoring from separating.  Brominated Vegetable Oil sounds harmless, yet the FDA limits its use to 15 parts per million to ensure that it is safe for our consumption.  Notwithstanding the FDA’s approval of BVO, it is banned in soft drinks in Europe and Japan, as they believe it is unsafe for human consumption.

BVO was originally patented for use as a flame retardant, but the FDA has deemed it safe to be used in soda since 1970.  BVO is considered toxic by many including the FDA, which is why they have limits on its usage.  In addition, BVO has been associated with serious ailments including but not limited to, neurological impairment, hormone disruption, thyroid dysfunction, infertility, memory loss and heart lesions.

It is estimated that BVO is contained in approximately 10% of soft drinks consumed by Americans.  If you agree with the FDA and believe it is safe for  your family to drink soda containing a flame retardant with potentially grave side effects to your health, then that is certainly your right.  However, if you do not believe the FDA is infallible and free of outside influence, then stand up for your families and stop drinking soda that contains BVO.  Better yet, stop  buying and drinking soda altogether.  Some day when your children are old enough to fully understand, they just might thank you.

Lomg Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.


Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit http://www.liattorney.com