Trends Newsletter | Fall 2014

Fall 2014 - Food Safety

In this issue of Trends, we examine several food toxicology issues and some of the regulations in place to address them. While the safety of food and food packaging materials is protected by a number of regulatory agencies in the U.S., we focus in particular on some of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory programs. 

In the first article, we discuss the background, safety, and U.S. regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops. The second article examines the current controversy surrounding the safety of the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) Program. Our third article presents two case studies related to the evaluation of potential health risks from food packaging materials, specifically examining the use of bisphenol A (BPA) and nanomaterials.

Gradient contributors to this issue include Dr. Robyn Prueitt, DABT, Mr. Eric Dubé, MPH, Mr. Michael Peterson, M.E.M., DABT, and Dr. Joel Cohen. In addition, joining us with a guest editorial on the FDA’s evolving enforcement of GRAS is Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, Managing Director of the Environmental and Life Sciences group at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.

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