We recently wrote about the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils due to their tendency to increase cardiovascular disease risk. Without GRAS status, partially hydrogenated oils will be reclassified as food additives.
GRAS is the acronym for Generally Recognized As Safe. GRAS ingredients may be incorporated in foods and beverages in a manner consistent with their intended purpose without the need to receive premarket approval from the FDA. In today’s post, we’ll contrast food additives with GRAS ingredients, and looks at the various ways the FDA has regulated, and not regulated, GRAS ingredients.