Beer and Ice Cream have them - FDA bans 7 food additives over possible cancer concerns

FILE- In this Oct. 14, 2015, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) campus in Silver Spring, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Food and Drug Administration is no longer allowing seven synthetic flavoring substances in food.

Six of the seven compounds were proven to cause cancer in animals during testing.

The compounds have been used in a variety of products including ice cream, baked goods, beer and gum.

According to Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council, chemicals that cause cancer are not allowed to be added to our food supply.

The FDA concluded that these flavoring compounds do not pose a health risk to consumers because of the small amounts added to food.

"The synthetic flavoring substances that are the subject of this petition are typically used in foods available in the U.S. marketplace in very small amounts and their use results in very low levels of exposures and low risk," concludes an FDA statement on the petition.

After two petitions against the additives, the FDA is giving manufacturers 24 months to "identify suitable replacement ingredients and reformulate their food products.