Pennsylvania State Rep. Natalie Mihalek has introduced House Bill 2116, to prohibit certain substances in food in the state.

Today, Rep. Mihalek, Rep. Melissa Shusterman, and Sen. Devlin Robinson are hosting a press conference on this legislation. Pennsylvania is the fourth state to consider such legislation after California, New York, and Illinois.

This time, the  National Confectioners Association reports that it is “working to clear up misconceptions about food additives and inform policymakers and consumers about the real science and policy process behind this issue.”

“Enough is enough – Pennsylvania is the latest in a series of states proposing to dismantle

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A survey on herb and spice authenticity in Europe has found potential adulteration, illegal dyes and allergens.

The work was overseen by DG SANTE, the European Commission’s health and safety body, and carried out in 21 EU member states, Switzerland and Norway.

Technical support came from the Joint Research Centre, an agency that provides scientific advice to the EU Commission, which performed nearly 10,000 analyses on 1,885 samples, using a range of analytical techniques to assess the authenticity of six herbs and spices. These were cumin, curcuma (turmeric), oregano, paprika/chili, pepper and saffron.

The JRC found the rate of suspicious
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The Center for Food Safety is challenging the FDA’s approval of a color additive used to make Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger appear to “bleed” like real meat. The advocacy group claims that the FDA’s decision was not based on “convincing evidence” as required by regulation.

In a brief filed Jan. 28 in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the center is specifically challenging the Food and Drug Administration’s 2019 approval of soy leghemoglobin.

“FDA approved soy leghemoglobin even though it conducted none of the long-term animal studies that are needed to determine whether or not it harms human health,”
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The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed.

Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts.

Import Alert

Description

URL

IA-16-105

Detention Without Physical Examination of Seafood and Seafood Products from Specific Manufacturers/Shippers Due to Decomposition and/or Histamines

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov
/cms_ia/importalert_19.html

IA-16-129

Detention Without Physical Examination of Seafood Products Due to Nitrofurans

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/
cms_ia/importalert_31.html

IA-16-39

Detention Without Physical Examination of Processed Seafood and Analogue Seafood (Surimi)


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Exposure assessments conducted by the Food and Drug Administration find that most American kids are exposed to food dyes. FDA has not yet published the full results, but according to results presented Aug. 13 at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, estimates of at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are exposed to Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 1. In 2011, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Food Advisory Committee concluded that, based on all available data, no causal link could be established between children’s consumption of synthetic color additives
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Today’s leading cola beverages contain high levels of a substance linked to cancer in animals, according to new research. 

An independent study commissioned by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) uncovered  4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, in Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi and Diet Pepsi at levels 4.8 times greater than those allowed in beverages in California.

4-MI is a byproduct of the reaction that produces the caramel coloring in brown sodas. The chemical has been found to be carcinogenic in animal studies.   

The state of California has banned 4-MI in any amount that could potentially lead to one

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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 colorings to imply the inclusion of healthy ingredients that are not actually in the product. This can lead to confusion for consumers who might not read the small ingredients lists on “nutrition facts” labels, the CSPI argued, calling the practice “deceptive.”

Their solution: Clearly

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As expected, an advisory panel decided Thursday to tell the Food and Drug Administration there is insufficient evidence linking synthetic food dyes to hyperactivity in children.

The group will also recommend that products containing artifical dyes need not carry package warnings.

The Food Advisory Committee, which included experts in toxicology, immunology and nutrition, as well as consumer representatives, had been convened to respond to a petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

Three years ago, CSPI had asked for a review of eight of nine FDA-approved food dyes, including Yellow No. 5, Yellow No. 6 and

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When Bobby comes home from school bouncing off the walls, his parents could attribute his behavior to a number of factors: pent-up energy, overstimulation, or maybe a behavioral disorder. But is it possible that dyes in the foods he’s eating could be contributing to his rowdiness?

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting to help determine whether a link exists between artificial coloring and hyperactivity in children.

 
This theory has been debated by researchers and parents for the past 40 years, but was recently given new credence by a 2007 study from

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When I think of food colors, I instantly think of baking cookies with my mom and sisters during the holidays as a kid.  My sisters and I would always get into fights over who got to squeeze the brightly colored tubes of food coloring into the batter.  And of course, I recalled the days of summer.  As my childhood summers mostly consisted of long days outside at the pool or playing games of “kick the can” with friends, frozen popsicles were our number one choice to cool down from the summer heat.  All of these memories are full of color

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