Food Industry’s Grip On FDA Safe-Ingredient List Slipping

Law360, New York (March 6, 2014, 5:23 PM EST) -- For nearly two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed food makers to label additives as “generally recognized as safe” without prior approval, but new pressure from consumer groups and increased scrutiny from the agency is threatening to upend the controversial policy.

The Center for Food Safety sued the FDA last month, criticizing a provisional rule that since 1997 has allowed companies to bypass the approval process the agency requires for other food additives and freely market their use of 'GRAS' ingredients. Under the...
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