In Memoriam: John Doull, M.D., Ph.D.

Published on March 29, 2017

I have just learned of the passing of John Doull on March 24, 2017.  I…

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Is “All Natural” Really “All Good”?

Published on February 7, 2017

The presumed safety of natural substances compared to synthetic (or artificial) food ingredients, has created…

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Are AAFCO and the Official Publication Headed for Extinction?

Published on December 2, 2016

The American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)[1] was formed in 1909 by officials from…

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The GRAS Process and Notifying FDA under the Final Rule (Part 1)

Published on August 1, 2016

What makes for a successful Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determination?  In the recent past…

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Some Speculation on Forthcoming Dietary Supplement Guidelines

Published on August 1, 2016

If you liked the Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and…

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The Elements for a Successful Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)

Published on August 1, 2016

What makes for a successful Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determination?  In the recent past…

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A Message from the President: What’s on the Horizon for 2016

Published on January 1, 2016

The last two years initiated a trend on the food side of the Food and…

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Limitations on GRAS Substances: Not All GRASes Created Equal

Published on December 1, 2015

FDA has made it abundantly clear on several occasions that there is no “blank check”…

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Because of its Near Ubiquity in Food, California Must Set a Realistic Safe Harbor Level for Furfuryl Alcohol

Published on October 1, 2015

California has extended the comment period for the common food ingredient, furfuryl alcohol, for listing…

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When Does a Food Become an Additive?

Published on May 1, 2015

If a common green pea is added to canned beef stew, the pea is an…

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Regulatory Update from AFIA’s Committee Meeting 2015

Published on January 1, 2015

At the January 2015 American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Committee Meeting, there were several important…

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What’s Next for the GRAS Process?

Published on August 1, 2014

There is no disputing the fact that the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) process is…

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The Difference between “Food” and “Functional Food” and the Substantiation of Associated Claims

Published on July 1, 2014

“Food” can be loosely defined as any substance that people or animals eat or drink,…

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Pet Food Ingredient Regulations: The Elephant in the Room

Published on July 1, 2014

Time is running out for pet food ingredient suppliers to conform to Federal regulations for…

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What Makes a Beverage a Supplement or a Conventional Food? The Choice Should Not Be Appearance Over Safety

Published on March 1, 2014

In January of this year, FDA released its Guidance for Industry, Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements…

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Nanotechnology: Wonderful Science, but No Free Lunch

Published on December 1, 2013

Nanotechnology is the study and application of ultra-fine or “nano-sized” particles (NSP). Although NSPs have…

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