Even Our Food Regulatory Bodies Aren’t Sure What’s In Our Food!
The case for Clean Food Eating is strengthened when we understand more and more that we simply do not know exactly what is in processed and packaged food the majority of the time. Labelling laws are extremely lax at best, and when the FDA admits they don’t have the information required to do what is expected of them in terms of regulating food additives, then you have to worry!
Passionate Food Investigator, Vani Hari (aka Food Babe) reveals the Number 1 reason you must read ingredient lists. We think it’s the Number 1 reason to Eat Clean!
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“There’s an implication out there that everything allowed in processed food – preservatives, artificial sweeteners, thickeners, stabilizers, emulsifiers – have gone through some sort of rigorous testing by the FDA proving they’re okay to eat – but in most cases they haven’t!
Given the FDA’s mission to “protect the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of…our nation’s food supply”, it would only make sense that they would be front and center in approving new food ingredients before they hit the market – however – this is not necessarily the case. In fact, the FDA is sometimes not even aware that a new ingredient has been introduced into our food.
New food ingredients are often approved by the manufacturer themselves, and not by the FDA.
While there are some food additives that the FDA has approved before they hit the shelves, this has proven to be a burdensome process. The FDA claims that so as not to waste government resources, they will just let the manufacturer decide whether an ingredient is safe to eat or not.
That’s right – all an ingredient manufacturer has to do is hire their own experts to claim under “reasonable certainty in the minds of competent scientists that the substance is not harmful under the intended conditions of use” and the manufacturer may deem it as “GRAS”, which stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe”. This is the green light to start adding it to food products.
A manufacturer can then voluntarily send their GRAS determination to the FDA, but this is not mandatory. Even worse, if the FDA raises questions about an ingredient received in a voluntary GRAS notice, the manufacturer can just withdraw their notice and still use the ingredient in food products! This practice is nothing short of alarming, and is allowing companies to skirt around the FDA and essentially put whatever they want into our food……”
Read the full article at Food Babe
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