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March 22nd, 2010

GAO concludes FDA should strengthen its oversight of GRAS ingredients

Abstract:
On March 5, 2010, the General Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report evaluating the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) policies concerning food ingredients that have been determined to be "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS). GRAS ingredients are excluded from premarket clearance requirements for food additives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). The GAO report was prepared at the joint request of Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.), Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, and was prompted by apparent congressional interest in FDA oversight of food ingredients, including those developed through nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.

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