Most people in developed countries, whether they work in the food industry or not, take for granted that the food they consume is nutritious and free of substances that may be harmful to their health. What they may not realize is that it takes enormous effort from multiple stakeholders to keep their food "safe" on a daily basis. This article reveals the major players involved in maintaining a safe food supply in the United States.
With the debate about the safety of food additives recently revived in the media, proper identification of the additives themselves is an aspect of food safety often forgotten. It is assumed food ingredients are well known before safety assessments are performed, but that might not be always true.
Food integrity means different things to different people. For consumers, their only question might be: "Is this food safe for me to eat?" For manufacturers, their concerns have to do with building and sustaining consumer trust. In the first of a series on food issues, USP Director of Food Ingredients, Markus Lipp, shares his insights about food integrity and USP’s role in maintaining it.
In this posting we explore the potentially-adverse health implications of mystery ingredients, and encourage manufacturers and consumers to get serious about ingredient accountability. USP senior scientific liaison Dr. Carla Mejia reveals that sometimes not even the manufacturer knows what’s in the products they sell.
Almost 200 years ago, 11 physicians recognized an essential need for consistency and quality regarding medicines and came together to create the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Since then, USP's focus on quality has expanded to new areas in medicine, pharmacy, dietary supplements, and foods. From quality-related science and research, to field work and consumer tips, our hope is to address a universe of issues – all linked together by a common theme, that the quality of these items has a profound impact on our lives.
Without color additives, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and colas wouldn’t be brown. But like most Americans who consume processed foods, you may worry about the safety of these ingredients. This article sheds light on color additives, why they’re important, and how the FDA and quality standards in the Food Chemical Codex help to rule out harmful substances.