As innovative food companies develop an array of products to satisfy a discerning consumer, the question of whether food additives intended for use in those products are safe for their intended uses.
According to FDA, “GRAS” is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excepted from the definition of a food additive. Product development teams must take into account the specific ingredients used and whether those ingredients are GRAS for their intended uses. Those food additives for which GRAS has not been established require a determination of safety for that ingredient through scientific procedures.
Are your food additives GRAS? EAS can help you make that determination. If you need to establish GRAS, EAS can help with the design and execution of safety studies, data organization and preparation of the dossier. Our team of toxicologists and microbiologists have assisted countless EAS clients with GRAS and we’d be glad to discuss your product and its ingredients. Contact Cathryn Sacra to ensure your product innovation meets FDA requirements.