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To the Editor The article by Neltner et al1 raises concerns about the integrity of the “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) process.
The United States has the most robust assessment of food ingredient safety in the world. The current GRAS process relies on scientific expert consensus, publicly available information, and clinical data. GRAS ingredients have been consumed for decades, and none has compromised public health.
Clemens R, Schmidt D. Conflicts of Interest in Approvals of Food Additives. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(2):299-300. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.12723