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Is Acrylamide a Reproductive Toxicant?

Under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65), the state is required to maintain a list of chemical substances known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.  The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has recently proposed that acrylamide, a Proposition 65 listed chemical carcinogen produced during the cooking of certain foods, should also be listed as a reproductive toxicant. Keep Reading

Should the FDA more closely regulate GRAS?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears ready to take another look at how it regulates GRAS.

The federal Government Accountability Office’s February report on FDA’s oversight of food ingredients and food contact materials that are considered “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) revisits some important bedrock concepts about how food is regulated in the United States, and soon may lead to some changes in FDA’s approach. Keep Reading

Nanotechnology and Food: An IFT Perspective

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of research that is revolutionizing various sectors of the economy such as medicine, energy, electronic, and defense; and potentially the food and agriculture sector with on-going research in many areas of application. IFT recognizes the potential to positively impact the food industry as well as the possible environmental, health, and safety implications that may negatively impact the food supply chain. IFT thus supports objective and well-designed research and development efforts that address all aspects of the spectrum. To this end, IFT has taken on a leadership role as a catalyst for research, innovation, and communication, both domestically and internationally. Here are details on IFT activities. Keep Reading

The Raw Milk Debate: Economic Opportunity or Legal Liability

Despite claims of health benefits associated with raw milk consumption, raw milk is a well documented source of bacterial pathogens which can cause human illness, and in some instances, death (Oliver et al., 2009; Schmidt and Davidson, 2008). Consumers who choose to purchase and consume raw milk should understand that raw milk may contain dangerous bacterial pathogens. Consumers should also understand whether they are in a risk group, which increases their chances of adverse health impacts from exposure to bacterial pathogens. Keep Reading

Change is coming, including federal food laws…

With Washington buzzing about change, here is my sense of the food policy legislative agenda for the next two years.

Health Care Reform
A major component of the Health Care Reform debate will be Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, which will likely include nutrition and obesity initiatives. Keep Reading