In an article published on May 22, 2017 by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Jack Pratt informed that EDF has joined several other NGOs in filing a new lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The lawsuit challenges the final Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) rule adopted in 2016 (FPF reported). Originally, the GRAS program was designed only for additives “widely known to be safe,” such as vinegar and vegetable oil. However, currently this system “allows chemical and food manufacturers to [bypass pre-market review by FDA and] decide for themselves – in secret – what chemicals and food additives can be added to foods.” This “loophole,” EDF says, “puts our health at risk and does not fulfill [the U.S.] Congress’ requirement that FDA determine that chemical additives are safe before they can be used in food.”
Jack Pratt (May 22, 2017). “Toxic secrets in our food? EDF joins in lawsuit aimed at protecting food safety.” EDF Health
EDF (May 22, 2017). “Groups sue FDA to protect food safety.” (pdf)
Center for Food Safety (May 22, 2017). “Groups sue FDA to protect food safety.”
Cristina Stella (May 22, 2017). “Generally recognized as safe (because industry says so).” Center for Food Safety
Chemical Watch (May 24, 2017). “Groups sue FDA over exemption for food additives.”