Consumer safety groups are concerned that food manufacturers are adding dangerous ingredients to products because the Food and Drug Administration's vetting process has become less rigorous. Fewer are seeking formal approval from the FDA for their food additives, which can take years. More companies are opting for the FDA's streamlined Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process, which takes about 90 days. Read related article.

Sources: Natural Resources Defense Council, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Pew Charitable Trusts | Kimberly Kindy and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post August 17, 2014
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