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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…

FDA Finalizes GRAS Rule

FDA has published a final rule (81 Fed. Reg. 54,959 (Aug. 17, 2016)), based on its 1997 proposed rule (62 Fed. Reg. 18,937 (Apr. 17, 1997); see also 75 Fed. Reg. 81,536 (Dec. 28, 2010) (reopening comment period)), which: Clarifies the criteria for w…

CFSAN Changes Address

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register a final rule that amends relevant FDA regulations in Title 21 of the C.F.R. to change the address of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).   81 Fed.…

FDA Notice Provides a “Backdoor” for Commenting on GRAS Notification Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a Federal Register Notice soliciting comments on its GRAS Notification (GRASN) Program.  “GRAS” is an acronym for the phrase “generally recognized as safe.” Under sections 201(s) an…

Settlement Agreement Reached on GRAS Notification Program Final Rule

By Mark L. Itzkoff On October 20, 2014, FDA and the consumer group called the Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that requires FDA to promulgate a final rule regarding the GRAS…

A Consumer Group Files Suit to Vacate FDA’s GRAS Notification Program

By Mark L. Itzkoff In a formal challenge to FDA’s GRAS Notification Program, a consumer group called the Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that FDA’s operation of the program under a proposed rule since 1997 and i…

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