GRAS Origins. FDA’s mission of protecting the public health includes ensuring that foods and food ingredients are safe. This was addressed in a profound way with the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. With this legislation, ingredients to be incorporated into foods were required to undergo premarket safety review by FDA through a food additive petitioning process. The category of ingredients that was deemed to be GRAS (Generally Recognized As
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