Inadequate Oversight of the Safety of Substances Added to Food: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

A Fact Sheet

Most people would be shocked to learn that there is no government oversight of an estimated 1,000 substances added to food in the United States—and little oversight of thousands more. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has permitted companies to secretly determine the safety of new food ingredients—and to add them to packaged and restaurant foods without ever telling FDA what they are or their scientific basis for believing a substance is safe. Find out how CSPI — with allies—is challenging that absurd and risky situation.

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