Executive Update

GMA and the PEW Food Additives Project

In 2010 The Pew Charitable Trustinitiated a two-year “Food Additive Project,” to undertake a comprehensive assessment of whether the existing regulatory system for chemicals added to human food assures safety, and to develop policy recommendations to address the gaps. 

Building on the collaborative relationship GMA formed with Pew in working for passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Pew invited GMA to help plan and to participate in its first stakeholder workshop, “Enhancing FDA’s Evaluation of Science to Ensure Chemicals Added to Human Food Are Safe,” in April 2011, followed by a second FDA science workshop on dietary intake assessment held this past October.  A third workshop, on FDA risk characterization, is planned for early 2012.

Pew also invited GMA to review and comment on its analysis of the current FDA legal and regulatory system for substances added to food.  GMA has ensured industry experts are invited to Pew workshops to provide important counterbalance to stakeholder advocates on key issues by ensuring the accuracy of Pew’s legal and scientific analyses, and by making improvements to their draft publications.

A GMA member Task Force is working to find areas of common ground where we can partner with Pew to advance GMA policy objectives – identify and promote meaningful, science-based enhancements to the food safety system that increase public confidence.