Being Brave

My Thesis Last week, I  submitted a paper to the Journal of Food Science. My hope is they will publish my research paper, GRAS use of Flavor Substances: Risk Management. In 2013, I began a this research project as part of my curriculum for a Masters in Food Safety. At the time, I did not realize how difficult it is to choose, justify, conduct research and write a paper. Blogging is much easier than publishing a scientific peer reviewed research paper. Blogs require the writer to click the publish button and there is no reformatting and peer review. Therefore, because it is much easier to post a convincing opinion on the web than publish a peer reviewed scientific paper, social media wins the war on science. Drop Everything Originally, … [Read more...]

Leave Well Enough Alone?

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) In the August 2013 Food Technology, there is an article titled "GRAS: Leave Well Enough Alone" http://www.ift.org/Food-Technology/Past-Issues/2013/August/Columns/PERSPECTIVE.aspx.  GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) refers to food additives used in the USA. Our laws dictate that all ingredients added to our foods must be GRAS. We constantly add new GRAS materials to our food supply and many of these additives are flavor ingredients. The consumer will not always be aware of these new additives, because they are labeled with generalities such as "flavor". The Gaps in GRAS The article "Leave Well Enough Alone" are the thoughts of one person in the food industry. The author, Eric Greenberg writes … [Read more...]