Thousands Of Unregulated Chemicals Are Currently In Your Food

Cupcakes, chips, cookies, frozen pizza, pies, candy bars, and other packaged foods contain chemicals created in a lab to make them look and taste better while also extending their shelf life.

We discovered from the senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group that chemical firms and food producers, not the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), decide which food additives are acceptable to eat.

Melanie Benesh, EWG Legislative Attorney, and Olivia Backhaus, EWG Stabile Law Fellow, established that 99 percent of food chemicals are harmful.

According to Faber, Congress approved a regulation in 1958 mandating the FDA to do a pre-market evaluation of the vast majority of food additives/chemicals to determine their safety before allowing them into our food.

When GRAS was formed, it was intended to apply to goods that are widely accepted as safe, such as flour, vinegar, and spices.

How is this possible?

Because pre-market approval takes so long for the FDA to complete, chemical companies began leveraging the GRAS loophole to get their products to market considerably faster, according to Benesh.

Who's to blame?

If you ask Benesh, the FDA is exclusively to blame for this. "They've let this loophole get out of hand," says the author.

Closing the loophole

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) assisted in the introduction and lobbying of Rep. Rosa DeLauro's Toxic Free Food Act (H.R. 3699) in 2021, which would significantly close the GRAS loophole.

Do we even need these food additives?

We don't even need these compounds in our diet, according to Benesh. A variety of chemical food additives that have been banned in other nations are now authorised in the United States.

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