Category Archives: Video

Who Decides Which Food Additives are Safe?

Safe Additives??

Safe Additives??

There are over 10,000 additives that are allowed to be used in foods in the U.S.  Of those, 43% are considered to be “Generally Recognized As Safe” or GRAS.  So how do they decide which ones are safe?

The answer.  The company manufacturing and selling the additive gets to decide which are safe.  This all came about in a law from 1958 when Congress decided the food additive manufacturers could determine what was safe to put into food.  At that time, this mostly covered ingredients such as oils, salt, rosemary, and vinegar.  Unfortunately, the number of chemicals created and added to our foods has grown tremendously, but this law from 1958 is still being used.

Some of the GRAS additives that are included as being safe include BHA, BHT, MSG, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Propionate and Propane.

In 1997 the FDA told the food additive manufacturers that they could decide if the new chemical additives they developed were safe and that they should let the FDA know, but they didn’t have to.

In a recent study published on August 7 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researcher Thomas Neltner looked at how the food additive industry decides which products are GRAS.  They found that about 1,000 new additives were never submitted to the FDA so they analyzed 451 voluntary notifications that were submitted between 1997 and 2010.  The FDA makes a decision to call an additive GRAS by “a reasonable certainty in the minds of the competent scientists that the substance is not harmful under the intended conditions of use.”  So, you ask.  Who are those scientists?  In the 451 cases investigated, it was found that:

  • 22.4% of the safety assessments were made by an employee of the chemical manufacturer.
  • 13.3% were made by an employee of a consulting firm hired by the additive manufacturer.
  • 64.3% were made by an expert panel that was hired by either the additive company or by their paid consultant.

The investigators also found that many of the same people who were hired on these panels had also been paid consultants for those additive industries.

As Thomas Neltner said “At least when you put a new chemical on the market, you have to notify the EPA.  But there is no requirement that you notify the FDA when you make a new food additive.”

This is just so wrong.  We are eating so much more in the form of chemicals and additives that our bodies just weren’t meant to consume.  That is why is is so important to read the labels and try to do the best you can when choosing your food.  The more ingredients listed, the more likely it will have many chemical additives.

Click on this first link and go down almost to the bottom to see the video on how many ingredients are in just one sub sandwich.  You’ll be amazed.  Also, for more information on the study, click on the second link below…

The Truth about Food Additives | Rodale News

Who decides whether a food additive is safe? The food – Later On


Monsanto’s Roundup May Be Even More Damaging Than We Thought

Roundup was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent inContinue Reading

Why You Crave Processed Foods

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to be around to watch the Dr. Oz Show.  I think Dr. Oz has some great information and I was really fascinated with this show.  He had Michael Moss on who is the author of Salt Sugar Fat which has just recently been released.  Michael Moss is aContinue Reading

‘King Corn’ – basis of the American diet

‘King Corn’ – basis of the American diet

Released in 2007, this documentary examines the enormous impact that corn plays in the American diet.  From feeding our cattle to high-fructose corn syrup, perhaps no other food has become so pervasive in the American diet.  Is it good for us long term?  There is plenty of debate on both sides of the aisle.  FarmersContinue Reading

Artificial dyes in foods may be linked to ADHD

Artificial dyes in foods may be linked to ADHD

Dr. Feingold is a leader in studying the effects of artificial dyes in our foods and a link to ADHD and other health problems.  Our family has been on the Feingold Diet for some time, not due to any symptoms, but simply to eliminate the health risks from additives that are simply not necessary andContinue Reading

A powerful movie about food ingredients in America

A powerful movie about food ingredients in America

This film, made in 2009, tells the story of how it is possible to create and consume food from real, sustainable sources.  Interviews with farmers and chefs, beautifully filmed, will give you a new perspective on the importance of questioning the foods we consume.  Ingredients is not rated – but definitely worth a view. BonContinue Reading