Sat October 29, 2016

A report outlining deficiencies in the regulation and labeling of chemicals used to manufacture food and beverage packaging is calling for more transparency for consumers and the public at large. Although focusing specifically on packaging, its claim to regulatory shortcomings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommendations about how to resolve labeling and disclosure issues could be applicable to direct food additives.

Authored by the Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund, the report recommends that in the absence of federal action, the states, in particular California, can address the risks of chemicals in food packaging through legislation. Recommendations include:

  • Disclosure could be based on the presence of a chemical, not an estimate of exposure;
  • Trade secret claims on chemical ingredients could be prohibited;
  • Disclosure could be directly on the product label; and
  • California’s Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (Sherman Law) could be updated to establish a more stringent regulatory program for food and indirect food additives.

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