On August 7, 2013 the non-profit organization The Pew Charitable Trusts is hosting a workshop to discuss potential conflicts of interest in Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) food additive determinations. The workshop’s first objective is to elucidate different approaches to dealing with conflicts of interest in GRAS determinations. The second aim is to discuss what possible options the FDA could recommend if the agency decided to adopt guidance to minimize such conflicts of interest. Representatives for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present their perspectives at the workshop. The workshop is co-sponsored by the scientific journal Nature and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). It is part of an effort by The Pew Charitable Trusts to advance FDA’s food additives regulatory program. The NGO recently published a study putting the FDA’s food additives risk assessment under scrutiny (previously reported on by the FPF).

The workshop will take place on August 7, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm EDT in Washington, DC, U.S., and can be followed by an open and free webcast.

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FPF article “FDA’s food additives risk assessment under scrutiny