Who We Are

The Center for Research on Ingredient Safety at Michigan State University (CRIS) is one of the few organizations in the world willing to tackle the hard questions about ingredient safety in our everyday products. 

From food to beverages to household products and cosmetics, society trusts that the companies, organizations, and established federal guidelines put consumer and constituent health first.

But how do we ensure these entities have our best interest at heart? How do we know that what they are saying about the ingredients in our everyday products are true?

CRIS fills that void. We use expert knowledge to research, fact check, and supply the global community with the latest science-based information about the ingredients in our food and cosmetics.

We leverage the expertise of established investigators who have devoted their lives’ work to science, and we demystify dense academic journal findings and governmental reports so you can make informed decisions about the science in our lives.

We are unique in that we work with academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry to understand the safe use of ingredients. To be a CRIS Partner, an entity must be willing to submit to our code of ethics of complete transparency and always putting the consumers’ best interests regarding ingredient safety first.

While this may make us unpopular with some groups, we believe that transparency and truth are requirements to earn your trust, and the confidence of the global community.