Cornucopia’s Take: “Artificial flavors” in ingredient listings on conventional food packaging are a motley crew of synthetic chemicals that processors do not have to name specifically. Consumers may never know which “artificial flavors” they are eating. The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) pays its own panel of scientists to review and approve flavors, and the panel reports its findings to the FDA. These government agencies use the panel’s reports but do no further research. Artificial flavors are determined GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) in the U.S. based on the word of the flavoring industry itself. The story below is a win for consumers—and also illustrates the work we have to do in our food system. You can avoid these suspect toxic additives by purchasing only organic food.
FDA Bans Use of 7 Synthetic Food Additives After Environmental Groups Sue
NPR – The Salt
by Allison Aubrey
Ever heard of these food additives? Synthetically-derived benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, methyl eugenol, myrcene, pulegone, or pyridine?
These compounds can help mimic natural flavors and are used to infuse foods with mint, cinnamon and other flavors.
You’ve likely never seen them on food labels because food manufacturers are permitted to label them simply as “artificial flavors.”
Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced these compounds will no longer be allowed to be used as food additives. The FDA is giving manufacturers time to remove them from the food supply.
The decision comes in response to a petition brought by environmental and consumer groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Food Safety, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Read Full Article »