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Food Ingredients: Trade Secrets vs. Public Disclosure

Can a food manufacturer determine that an ingredient is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and maintain trade secrets information on that ingredient? The answer to this question may be more perplexing than Congress originally intended when it created the GRAS exemption to food additives in 1958. At that time, food ingredients were more simple and… Continue Reading

Organic vs. Non-Organic: What’s the Difference?

This is part two in a series of three articles on organic foods originally published by Food Sentry on March 31, 2013. Read part one here: The Low-Down on Organic Foods. With the basics behind us of what constitutes an organic product under the National Organic Program (NOP), we can move forward to comparing organic… Continue Reading

Food Ingredients: Many Routes to Safety Approval

The Nutrition Facts label can be the conscious consumer’s best friend, but it often leaves shoppers more confused than informed. It may be comforting for someone to find a list of common and easily recognized ingredients on the label. For instance, Triscuits crackers were named and marketed for only including three ingredients: whole wheat, oil,… Continue Reading

CSPI Urges Front-Label Disclosure of Food Coloring

The non-profit consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) submitted a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday urging it to require food makers to disclose artificial coloring additives on the front labels of their products. According to the petition, major food companies frequently rely on artificial… Continue Reading

Food Chemical Safety Relies on Self-policing, Pew Finds

The Pew Charitable Trusts has begun an effort to shed light on an often over-looked subject that affects most American eaters: the federal regulatory system for food chemicals. According to the Pew Health Group, safety decisions regarding a third of the more than 10,000 chemicals and additives that can be put in food were made… Continue Reading