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Synthetic Flavors’ Safety Questioned – Strategy Needed to Address Consequence

Food manufacturers using the following seven (7) synthetic flavoring substances and adjuvants should take note that the safety of these ingredients is being challenged: Benzophenone (a/k/a diphenylketone), Ethyl acrylate, Eugenyl methyl ether (a/k/a…

John Block: Meat - A Carcinogen

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Pick up the paper, turn on the TV, and someone pretending to know what they are talking about will be telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I remember 30 years ago when I was Secretary of Agriculture and…

Consumers Union Testing Raises New Questions Re: Safety of Caramel Coloring

By Mark L. Itzkoff In an article published January 23, 2014, Caramel Color: The health risk that may be in your soda, Consumer Reports (CR) announced the results of analytical tests conducted on 81 cans and bottles of 12 different soft drinks.  The…

New Bill would Authorize Voluntary “Carcinogen-Free” Labeling of Food and Consumer Goods

By Mark L. Itzkoff A new bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives last month could eventually result in new labeling for food and other consumer products.  H.R. 6601, The Carcinogen-Free Label Act of 2012 (CFLA) introduced last month…

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