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  • Cultivated Meat & Seafood – What to expect

    Published on October 25, 2021
    In this series, we’ve explored cultivated meat and seafood. In this post, we’ll look at the products that may be the first type on the market and answer some lingering questions.

  • Cultivated Meat & Seafood – Regulations

    Published on October 18, 2021
    We've looked at cultivated meat and seafood in this series. In this post, we discuss the safety and future regulations of these products from a U.S. perspective

  • Cultivated Meat & Seafood – Technology

    Published on October 11, 2021
    In this series, we're looking at cultivated meat and seafood. In this post, we take a look at the emerging technology enabling cultivated meat and seafood production.

  • Cultivated Meat & Seafood – Background

    Published on October 4, 2021
    In this series, we explore traditional meat and seafood alternatives that represent an emerging food technology poised to change our foodscape.

  • Regulation – Understanding Proposition 65

    Published on September 27, 2021
    We’ve looked at the federal regulations governing our food, cosmetics, and other ingredients in the USA. This post looks at state legislation that’s frequently the center of attention, Proposition 65.

  • Trending – Aflatoxins

    Published on September 13, 2021
    We periodically see pet food recalled for aflatoxin contamination. In this post, we look at aflatoxin contamination and put it into context.

  • Trending – Chlorpyrifos

    Published on August 30, 2021
    Recently, U.S. federal regulators banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural use. In this post, we take a look at this chemical and explain what this means.

  • Director's Message August

    Published on August 23, 2021
    As we embark on a new academic year at Michigan State University, I wanted to reach out and update you on the great work we're undertaking at CRIS.

  • Hand Sanitizer – Overview

    Published on August 16, 2021
    As we head back to work and school, many of us are restocking on hand sanitizers. In this post, we take a look at hand sanitizer ingredients so you can make the best choice for yourself and your family.

  • Fragrances – Overview

    Published on August 9, 2021
    In this series, we look at the fragrances we encounter in our everyday lives. In this post, we take a general look at fragrances.

  • Insect Repellent – DEET

    Published on August 2, 2021
    In our last post, we looked at insect repellents available to us. We established that EPA-registered products are known to be the most effective. In this post, we look at one of the most commonly used EPA-registered insect repellent ingredients: DEET

  • Insect Repellent – An Overview

    Published on July 26, 2021
    As bugs swarm in some parts of the world, we look at bug repellents that can help protect us from biting insects.

  • Packaging – Active Biofilms, Biofilms, And Films

    Published on July 12, 2021
    In this series, we're exploring packaging ingredients. In this post, we'll take a look at terms that will help us better understand packaging ingredients and emerging packaging technology: active biofilms, biofilms, and films.

  • Packaging – Plant-based Plastics

    Published on June 28, 2021
    In this series, we explore packaging ingredients. This post looks at plant-based plastics poised to replace some of the petroleum-based plastic packaging products.

  • Packaging – Plastic Wrap

    Published on June 21, 2021
    In this series, we explore packaging ingredients. In this post, we look at the main ingredients that make up the food-safe plastic wrap we use at home.

  • Food, Medicine, & Cosmetic Packaging – Overview

    Published on June 14, 2021
    We’re all familiar with packaging. In this series, we explore the packaging used on our food, medicine & cosmetic items. In this post, we take an overview of packaging and ingredients that come into contact with products we use and consume daily.

  • Trending – Alpha-hydroxy acids

    Published on June 7, 2021
    We find alpha-hydroxy acids ingredients in many popular cosmetic products, and it continues to be a popular ingredient topic on social media. In this post, we explore alpha-hydroxy acids and what it means for you.

  • Trending – Polyvinyl Alcohol

    Published on May 24, 2021
    Whether we're doing laundry or running a dishwasher, most of us are familiar with detergent products that come in a pod. In this post, we'll look at the material used to make these pods, polyvinyl alcohol.

  • Trending – Mung Bean Protein

    Published on May 17, 2021
    In our last posts, we looked at soybean proteins and potato proteins used in alternative meats. In this post, we take a look at mung bean protein.

  • Trending – Potato Protein

    Published on May 10, 2021
    In our last post, we looked at soybean proteins used in artificial meats. However, there are more than one or two vegetable-based proteins used to create synthetic meat products. In this post, we take a look at potato protein.