BHA Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is used as an antioxidant to prevent fats and oils from becoming rancid. BHA and BHT can be found in butter, meats, chewing gum, dehydrated potatoes, and beer. To be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the food product must have at maximum .02% of BHA to be considered safe. BHA is a known carcinogen in rats, mice, and hamsters. However, the cancer developed from cells in the forestomach in the rodents that humans do not have. BHA did not cause tumors to develop in dogs, pigs, and monkeys tested who do not have forestomachs. Although the true effects of BHA on the human body is not known, BHA is not a stable compound and people are at risk for triggering a reaction upon consumption. Magnuson, Bernadene. â€œWhat is the evidence for a link between preservatives and cancer and other toxic effects?â€� ExtoxNet FAQs. 1997. Web. 17 May 2011. . â€œThe Top 12 Harmful Food Additives You Need To Eliminate From Your Diet.â€� Diet & Fitness. The Zoo.. 1 July 2009. Web. 17 May 2011. .