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Flawed “GRAS” System Lets Novel Chemicals into Food Supply Without FDA Safety Review

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  • Food additives are not automatically required to get premarket approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Items that fall under the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation are exempt from the approval process; food manufacturers use this loophole to add novel ingredients without FDA oversight
  • Four consumer protection groups say the process for determining GRAS substances is in violation of the 1958 law, which requires the FDA to determine the safety of an ingredient before it can be used in food

By Dr. Mercola

Processed foods can contain any number of the thousands of additives used by the food industry. Many are under the mistaken belief that such additives must have gone through stringent testing to prove their safety, but that's oftentimes not the case at all.


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