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GRAS Rule Amended to Improve Food Safety


Nov 28, 2023

The Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) to announce the “Ensuring Safe and Toxic-Free Foods Act of 2023” .

The draft Act would direct the FDA to revise the Substances Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Rule to include provisions that:

  • Prohibit manufacturers from independently designating substances as GRAS (or manufacturing or selling food containing said substances) without supplying proper notice and supporting information to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Require the GRAS notice and supporting information be publicly available on the FDA website and subject to a 90 day public review period.
  • Prohibit carcinogenic substances from receiving GRAS designation.
  • Prohibit substances that show evidence of reproductive or developmental toxicity from receiving GRAS designation.
  • Prohibit people with conflicts of interest from serving as experts in reviewing and evaluating scientific data with regard to GRAS designations.
  • Create a procedure of reassessment for substances receiving previous GRAS designations.

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