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  • Trending – Nootropics

    Published on January 17, 2022
    Are you familiar with products marketed as nootropics? In this post, we explore nootropics and the products that may be sold as nootropics.

  • Trending - Sweeteners

    Published on December 13, 2021
    It’s the holiday season, which means holiday baking, candy, and other sweet confectionaries abound. In this post, we highlight the different types of ingredients that make our foods sweet.

  • Preservatives & Refrigeration

    Published on December 6, 2021
    In prior posts, we’ve discussed the importance of preservative ingredients in our food supply. In this post, we discuss ways preservative ingredients in conjunction with refrigeration work to help ensure your food remains safe and healthy.

  • Trending – Flavored Seltzer Water

    Published on November 29, 2021
    Over the last few years, we’ve seen flavored seltzer water become a popular product with new brands and exciting flavors popping up in our stores. In this post, we explore flavored seltzer waters.

  • Trending – Tryptophan

    Published on November 15, 2021
    It’s turkey time! That means we hear more about tryptophan found naturally in turkey. In this post, we explore tryptophan.

  • Publication spotlight: Cannabidiol (CBD) Research

    Published on November 1, 2021
    We’re thrilled to bring to your attention two projects CRIS has recently completed on CBD.

  • 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.