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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • COVID-19: Food & Ingredient Safety

    Published on March 30, 2020
    As we’ve seen in recent weeks, our supply chain, especially our food supply chain, is paramount to keeping society fed and safe. But how do we know that food is safe from COVID-19?

  • COVID-19: Myth or Fact?

    Published on April 6, 2020
    There is a lot of confusing information around COVID-19 & the novel coronavirus circulating on the Internet & social media forums. In this edition, we separate the myths from the facts.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Expiring Products – Disinfectants & Medications

    Published on May 4, 2020
    Did you know medications and even disinfecting products expire? In this post, we cover the basics around medication and disinfectant product expiration dates.

  • Food & Ingredient Safety – Food Additives: Delaney Clause

    Published on February 15, 2021
    In our last post, we took a high-level look at the Food Additives Amendment of 1958. In this post, we dive into one section of the amendment that's generated many conversations and much confusion: the Delaney Clause.

  • 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

  • Cosmetics – Digging deeper: Natural & Conventional Deodorant

    Published on October 19, 2020
    In our last post, we explored natural products. In this post, we check out deodorant, a product that now comes in natural and conventional variations. 

  • Essential Oils – Digging Deeper Tea Tree Oil

    Published on August 31, 2020
    In our last post, we looked at lavender essential oil. There are many other popular essential oils on the market. This post looks at one of the most common essential oil used and studied: Tea Tree Oil.

  • Labels – Recognizing marketing labels

    Published on August 19, 2019
    In this series, we explore labels on our everyday products to understand the ingredients that we consume and use. In this post, we'll explore marketing labels.

  • 101 Series – Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

    Published on September 30, 2019
    Are you familiar with the ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG)? In this post, we’ll discuss the safety of MSG and explore common misconceptions about this ingredient.

  • Minerals – Exploring Talc

    Published on September 16, 2019
    Minerals are used in our everyday products. In this post, we'll explore the ingredient talc.

  • Expiring Products – Cosmetics

    Published on April 27, 2020
    Did you know cosmetic products can expire? In this post, we cover the basics of cosmetic product expiration dates.

  • 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.

  • The FASTER Act - Sesame as Major Food Allergen

    Published on November 18, 2021
    Neal Fortin summarizes FDA's recommendation that manufacturers voluntarily declare “sesame” in relevant ingredient lists, even though formal requirement does not go into effect until 2023.

  • Everyday Toxicology – Digging Deeper, Supplement & Medicine Safety

    Published on March 2, 2020
    In previous blog posts, we've discussed the importance of dose and dose-rate and how our bodies absorb, process, and eliminate ingredients. In this post, we'll discuss supplements and drug 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.