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The EFSA concluded the cytotoxicity assay and the cellular system used by the authors have shortcomings that did not allow the extrapolation of the data to be used in the safe assessment of diacetyl as a flavoring agent in food.
The agency has opened a 60-day comment period on this preliminary determination to collect additional data and to gain input on the time potentially needed for food manufacturers to reformulate.
Effective Aug. 1, President Barack Obama has issued an executive order for improving chemical facility safety and security; a pilot program involving the EPA, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and any other appropriate agency will validate best practices.
The FDA is funding three menthol-related studies including one that examines how genetic differences in taste perceptions explain why certain racial and ethnic populations are more likely to use menthol cigarettes.
The NPA board of directors has endorsed the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
With GRAS affirmation, PureCircle is prepared for immediate commercialization of Reb D.
The panel concludes 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene, which is used to give food a burnt nutty flavor, is mutagenic both in vitro and in vivo and that using it as flavoring substance raises a safety concern.
This panel said this conclusion can be applied to 2,6-dimethyl-2,5,7-octatriene-1-ol acetate as well as four substances which have the α,β-unsaturation in an aliphatic side-chain and are methylated in the α-position of the α,β-unsaturation.
West Coast Flavor Forum addresses food science’s critics and the right-to-know movement, and highlights the promise of genetic modification, biotech and other technologies.
Ahead of a scientific meeting in Brussels, the EFSA issues a written statement saying it’s “supporting the European Commission in defining scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors."