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FDA Bans Synthetic Flavoring Agents


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed seven synthetic flavoring substances from the Food Additives List. This action was taken under the Delaney Clause of the FD&C Act of 1958. The FDA did however determine that the various agents did not pose a risk to public health given very low levels of inclusion.

The FDA is allowing food producers to identify suitable replacement ingredients and reformulate their food products before October 9th 2020.

The move towards “clean labels” is probably preempting FDA action. The removal of the six compounds and styrene, which is no longer used as an additive, is in response to some public pressure and to avoid future litigation and Congressional pressure.