FDA lists new color additives that have been shown to be safe for their intended uses in the Code of Federal Regulations, conducts certification programs and monitors product labeling.
There is a wide variety of potentially detrimental compounds and quality issues that must be supported by comprehensive analysis programs for food safety.
One of the fastest growing product categories in the food industry is the “nutraceuticals” or “functional foods” market.
Doug Willrett of Rhodia Food discusses the growing trend toward developing antimicrobial ingredients for the food industry.
The ingredient supplier of choice must meet several criteria as dictated by the product development, quality assurance, manufacturing, sales and marketing departments.
All food industries, including those involved with spices and botanical ingredients, face challenges in providing safe products to consumers.
Education around food processing, its safety and benefits, including the role of food ingredients, will be critical to maintaining the high food safety standards achieved in the U.S.
An essential supplement to quality and safety systems that anchors them in reality is periodic testing to verify the authenticity of food ingredients.
When it comes to food, there is limited regulation, control or intervention unless there is a problem or failure in the supply chain.
There are numerous techniques available to screen materials for the presence of extraneous matter.
Dietary supplements are considered foods, although there are regulations that are unique and specific to dietary supplements.
Mandatory testing to public standards is part of the solution for ingredient safety, but there are other risk-reduction strategies as well.
A quality botanical ingredient is one that uses the correct plant species and plant part, is unadulterated and safe for human consumption.