Food Additives and GRAS Substances

Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Modernization Program

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. GMA and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.  In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation, and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

GMA members are committed to providing consumers with safe, quality, affordable and innovative products.  In the spirit of that ongoing commitment, GMA launched a five-part modernization initiative that will improve the process and increase transparency for making Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) determinations of ingredients added to food.


GMA GRAS Resources

GRAS Background, Historical Perspective, and Summary of Regulatory Requirements

GMA GRAS Modernization Initiative

GMA GRAS Code of Practice

GRAS Code of Practice

On August 22, 2014, the GMA Board of Directors adopted a Code of Practice on the conduct of GRAS food ingredients assessments that defines the steps needed to ensure GRAS assessments are robust and consistent. Several GMA members have since agreed to follow the new code - see the company list and additional GRAS Code of Practice resources.

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