NRDC Issues Report Critical of GRAS Self-Determinations and CSPI Joins in Criticism

By Mark L. Itzkoff On April 7, 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued its latest report on GRAS self-determinations, entitled Generally Recognized as Secret: Chemicals Added to Food in the United States.  We previously reported o… Read More
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FDA Issues Statement on GRAS Determination of Senomyx

By Mark L. Itzkoff On March 12, 2014, FDA issued an unusual statement regarding the GRAS status of a new flavor ingredient.  FDA issued the statement in response to a March 11 press release from Senomyx regarding the GRAS status of a new flavor ing… Read More
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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… Read More
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NRDC Steps Up Fight Against GRAS Notices

By Mark L. Itzkoff In a recent blog post, we discussed the realignment among some public advocacy groups that resulted in several researchers moving from the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  At the time,… Read More
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FDA’s GRAS Review Process for Foods May Be Tested by Litigious Public Interest Group

By Bruce Silverglade and Mark L. Itzkoff As reported in Politico this week, there has been a shake-up of sorts within the public interest advocacy community regarding the tactics used to pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into changin… Read More
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PEW Report’s Mischaracterization of GRAS Process Leads to Questionable Conclusions

By Mark L. Itzkoff As someone who has worked with numerous food companies on food additive and GRAS issues for 25 years, I read with interest the August 7, 2013, article, Conflicts of Interest in Approvals of Additives to Food Determined to Be Gener… Read More
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