Tell FDA: Food companies shouldn't get to decide if ingredients in their products are safe
Did you know that food and chemical companies can decide for
themselves whether a chemical is safe for use in food?
FDA calls safe ingredients “GRAS,” which stands for
Generally Recognized as Safe. Right now,
mysterious new chemical “taste modifiers” can be added to foods and listed only
as “artificial flavor.” A secretive
trade organization funded by flavoring manufacturers can say that chemicals are
“GRAS” even when there’s no evidence that the chemical is safe. And industry can decide that
chemicals are safe—and start using them in your food—even if there’s evidence
the chemicals might cause cancer.
the FDA that it needs to STOP letting companies decide for themselves
which chemicals are safe for use in food. It’s the FDA’s job to review
the data and decide
what’s safe. And FDA
should make GRAS decisions mandatory and public, not voluntary and