As the functional foods industry continues to grow and new ingredients are being investigated, the status of being Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) has become more valuable.
GRAS is a regulatory designation set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that applies to any substance intentionally added to a food (e.g., a food additive).
In order to be compliant with the FDA's regulations, companies typically choose the GRAS determination pathway for a substance if they feel there is substantial consensus among scientific experts, outside the FDA, that the ingredient is safe for use as intended.
GRAS determinations are performed by appropriately qualified scientific entities, such as GRAS Associates, on behalf of sponsoring firms.
Learn more about GRAS status and GRAS Procedural Alternatives.