Food and Colour Additive Petitions

Food Additives

If your product or food ingredient is not inherently present in a food , and is intended to be added, then it may be considered a food additive under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  By definition, food additives are substances that directly or indirectly become components of food or affect food characteristics.  All food additives require FDA approval prior to use.

Please note that Generally Recognized as Safe [GRAS] substances are not considered food additives.

Colour Additives

Any dye, pigment or substance added or applied to a food, drug or cosmetic, or to the human body, which is capable of imparting colour is considered a colour additive.  Colour additives are used to enhance naturally occurring colours, provide colour to otherwise colourless "fun" foods, correct natural colour variations, and offset natural colour loss due to various storage conditions and/or manufacturing processes.

There are currently 9 certified colours for use in the United States. These colourants are synthetically produced, imparting intense uniform hues. Natural pigments can be exempt from certification. FDA approval must be attained for the use of a previously approved additive in a new manner, as well as the use of a novel colour additive.

Acting on your behalf, our team at GRAS Associates can petition the FDA for approval of your food and colour additives, providing them with all pertinent information concerning the additive, conditions of proposed use, all relevant physical and technical data, detection methodology and investigational reports with respect to safety.

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