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  • Center for Research on Ingredient Safety

    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.


  • Cosmetics – Natural, organic, & conventional 

    Published on October 12, 2020
    There’s been a recent surge in all-natural and organic cosmetic products. In this post, we explore these labels and how they impact products. 

  • Everyday Toxicology – Absorbing, Processing & Eliminating Ingredients

    Published on February 17, 2020
    Our bodies absorb, process, and eliminate ingredients and toxins regularly. In this post, we'll explore how our bodies process ingredients every day in many different ways.

  • Expiring Products – Food & Ingredients

    Published on April 20, 2020
    Did you know foods, even shelf-stable foods like flour and canned foods, can expire? In this post, we cover the basics around food and ingredient expiration dates.

  • Everyday Toxicology – Exposure to Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide

    Published on June 8, 2020
    In prior posts, we’ve discussed the many routes we’re exposed to ingredients. In this post, we take a deeper look at the ingredient titanium dioxide to explore how exposure routes impact research and health outcomes.

  • Summer Staple – Quinine

    Published on July 22, 2019
    As summer heats up, let’s take a look at an ingredients in some of our favorite beverages; quinine.

  • Trace Contaminants & Residues – Pesticides

    Published on July 20, 2020
    While the idea of pesticides can invoke many strong emotional responses, in this post, we’ll explore pesticides’ purpose, how they end up in our food and water, and if they pose harm to human health.

  • Sweetener – Stevia & Monk Fruit Sweeteners

    Published on October 21, 2019
    In this series, we explore sweeteners. In this post, we cover the plant-derived calorie-free sweeteners stevia and monk fruit.

  • Essential Oils – An Overview

    Published on August 17, 2020
    Over the years, the popularity of essential oils has soared with some people claiming essential oils have curative properties and could be used as an alternative to prescription medications. In this post, we’ll cover the basics of essential oils.

  • Food & Ingredient Safety – Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP)

    Published on May 18, 2020
    In several past posts we’ve mentioned Current Good Manufacturing Practices, but what are those practices and what do they mean for consumers? In this post, we explore Current Good Manufacturing Practices as it relates to food and ingredient safety.

  • When a GRAS status changes – Triclosan

    Published on July 29, 2019
    What happens when an ingredient is no longer generally recognized as safe (GRAS)? In this post, we’ll explore triclosan.

  • Flavors – Flavor Overview

    Published on November 18, 2019
    What is a flavor? In this series, we will explore different sources of flavors. In this post, we provide a high-level overview of flavors.

  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – Overview

    Published on November 30, 2020
    In our last post, we reviewed the basics around our endocrine system and how our endocrine system functions. In this post, we’ll explore endocrine disrupting chemicals further.

  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – Digging Deeper: Phthalates

    Published on December 14, 2020
    In this post, we look at a group of chemicals identified as having endocrine disrupting properties, phthalates

  • Update from the CRIS Director

    Published on September 14, 2020
    Learn about CRIS's next steps, research objectives and ongoing initiatives

  • Summer Staple – Pea Protein Isolate

    Published on June 24, 2019
    It’s not just hotdogs and hamburgers hitting the grill, meat alternatives continue to have a broad consumer reach. With the bursting market of meat alternatives, we'll take an updated look at a key ingredient found in these products: pea protein isolate.

  • Everyday Toxicology – Digging Deeper, Detoxing Your Body

    Published on February 24, 2020
    Previously we've discussed how our bodies absorb, process, and eliminate ingredients we consume. In this post, we'll take a look at detoxifying our body and explore if we need expensive detox teas or other remedies to help support our health.

  • Labels – From food to house hold products

    Published on August 5, 2019
    In this series, we explore labels on our everyday products to understand the ingredients that we consume and use.

  • Trace Contaminants & Residues – Packaging

    Published on July 27, 2020
    As we’ve discussed in prior posts, trace contaminants and residues can make their way into our food system. In this post, we’ll discuss the important role of packaging.

  • Trace Contaminants & Residues – An Overview

    Published on July 13, 2020
    In this series, we explore trace contaminants and residues that can make their way into our food and water system. In this post, we’ll give a general overview of trace contaminants and residues.

  • Update from the CRIS Director

    Published on May 11, 2020
    Learn about CRIS's next steps, research objectives and ongoing initiatives