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  • abbr. generally recognized as safe (U.S. Food and Drug Administration label)

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  • Generally recognized as safe (a US designation for food additives).


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  • The term GRAS refers to "generally regarded as safe," the moniker the FDA uses to regulate food additives, dyes, and preservatives.

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  • "GRAS" - generally regarded as safe and suited for any home or foodservice kitchen use (in either water-white liquid or snow-white solid form) especially in low-to-medium heat cooking, baking, sautéing or garnishing vegetable salads

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  • You know, what's interesting, as I started to investigate this is that you have this whole list of substances by the FDA that are called GRAS substances, G-R-A-S meaning generally regarded as safe.

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  • The law at that time decided that all existing food additives were generally recognized as safe (known as GRAS) and no exposure standard was developed.

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  • Salt has escaped federal regulatory action because it is classified as GRAS, or "generally recognized as safe."

  • Even if there was no contradictory research, the levels that the US Government sets for some meats as "GRAS" (generally regarded as safe) are not thoroughly tested and are unacceptably high to many other countries, including the European Union.

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  • Among many recommendations, the report states that the FDA should target salt's "GRAS" (Generally Recognized As Safe) status and limit how much can be in certain foods, before lowering it as part of a "step-down" process. Headlines

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as "GRAS" or "generally recognized as safe" for food and beverage contact.

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  • U.S. court decision favors Teva in generic Temodar ANDA litigation Microbia's beta-carotene receives 'GRAS' status for food and beverage applications Health Canada approves first post-surgical treatment for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumours Resveratrol supplements may offer potential benefits for cancer patients Gates annual letter addresses importance of innovation for global health, agriculture New contract gives U.S.



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