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GMA Statement in Response to CSPI’s Call for a Ban on Caramel Colorings that Contain 4-MEI:

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy / Roger Lowe

office: 202-639-5994 / 202-295- 3954

“Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of our industry.  Product safety is the foundation of consumer trust, and our industry devotes enormous resources to ensure that our products are safe.  Our companies continuously review and monitor all emerging science and scientific studies and incorporate these as warranted into our manufacturing practices to help ensure that we are always producing the safest possible product for our consumers.

“4-MEI is found in trace amounts in a wide variety of foods and beverages.  There is no evidence that 4-MEI causes cancer or poses any other health risks to humans.  In addition, no health regulatory agency around the globe, including the FDA, has said that 4-MEI is a known human carcinogen.”

 

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