Food Additive Regulation

Although the authority structure governing food additives has been in effect since 1958, through the years, the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) provision has continued to evolve.

Under U.S. law, whether an ingredient added to food is regulated as a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) substance, food additive or color additive, it must meet the same safety standard—that is, a reasonable certainty of no harm. In this video, Dennis M. Keefe, Ph.D., director, Office of Food Additive Safety, FDA, shares a brief overview of food additives and how they’re regulated.

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