What chemicals are in my food?

And why should you care?

The information on any given food label is limited. What don't we know? Where can we go to find out what chemicals are being added to our food supply?

What the government wants us to know:

Everything Added to Food in the U.S. (EAFUS - Yes, this is a real database - with over 10,000 chemicals!)

Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS - Really?)

What we need to know:

Breast Cancer Fund - Chemicals in our Food

Persistent Toxic Chemical in our Food Supply - Study indicates that Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) residues are present in virtually all categories of foods, including baked goods, fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, and dairy products. 

Why Are Industrial Chemicals in Food Not Safety Tested? A senior scientist ponders the question in LiveScience.

Data gaps in toxicity testing of chemicals allowed in food in the U.S. Investigation shows that, in practice, almost 80% of chemical additives directly—intentionally—added to food lack the relevant information needed to estimate the amount that consumers can safely eat.

Conflicts of Interest in the Regulation of Food Safety - A Threat to Scientific Integrity. Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, exposes how conflicts of interest in medical research, education, and practice are well-known to increase the risk of undue influence by corporate sponsors.


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