Toxicologists Weigh In: Serious Consequences for Food Additive Bans

As more states consider bans on FDA-approved food additives, two toxicologists shared their thoughts on the consequences of these bills for the Institute of Food Technologists. This article gets right to the core of the issue, saying that “these allegations…stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of the science of toxicology, the linchpin of food additive safety, and the meticulous regulatory oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

Those who are proposing a ban on certain FDA-approved food additives are not scientists, toxicologists or regulatory experts.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for evaluating the safety of food ingredients and additives. As California, New York and about a dozen other states consider pending proposals to ban several FDA-approved food additives, we agree that science-based evaluation of these additives is needed, but usurping FDA’s authority will do nothing but create a state-by-state patchwork of inconsistent state requirements that increase food costs, create confusion around food safety, and erode consumer confidence in our food supply.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop Scaring Consumers About Food Additives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for evaluating the safety of food ingredients and additives. Lately, state legislators have overstepped their remit with regards to our food system, opening the door for increased food costs and confusion around food safety.

Read my Chicago Sun-Times letter to the editor, published on March 19, 2024 in response to a recent opinion piece on this topic.

Former FDA Deputy Commissioner Says California Should Think Carefully About Additive Ban 

Over the weekend, the Orange County Register published an op-ed about the proposed food additive ban in California penned by former FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis. In the piece, Frank expressed an opinion very much aligned with positioning of NCA and the candy industry, writing, “It’s critical to rely on experts at the federal level, in close collaboration with state officials, to maintain consistency, uniformity, and consumer confidence in our nation’s food safety system.”

Sales of Chocolate and Candy Reach New Highs, Poised for Future Growth

Without question, the rising cost of food has been dominating the news cycle and impacting how consumers make purchasing decisions.

The 2023 State of Treating report reinforced what we know: During this economic uncertainty, consumers are looking for small ways to bring a little sweetness to their lives and the lives of those around them.

Halloween is Always A Treat – This Year, It’s Even Sweeter

Chocolate and candy are a centerpiece in so many Halloween traditions – making the season’s arrival the most exciting time of the year for the confectionery industry. I’m thrilled to share that this year, the Halloween season is even sweeter because America’s chocolate and candy companies delivered on their commitment to helping consumers manage their sugar intake by providing more transparency, choice and portion guidance options when it comes to our favorite treats.