Michigan State, food industry start safety center


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is joining food and drink makers and sellers to create the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety, it was announced Monday.

The center "will serve as a reliable and unbiased source for information, research, training and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods, beverages, cosmetics and household consumer products," the East Lansing school and the Grocery Manufacturers Association said in a statement announcing the center's creation.

The University of Michigan's Risk Science Center in its School of Public Health is a partner in the project.

The ingredients safety center will look at the safety of foods, drinks, cosmetics and household consumer products, the announcement said.

"Ensuring the safety of our products - and maintaining the confidence of consumers - is the single most important goal of our industry," said Leon Bruner, the grocery industry group's chief scientist.

The Associated Press left requests for comment Monday with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Consumer Safety Institute and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

The ingredient safety center is modeled on similar centers of expertise at other academic institutions that focus on allergen and microbiological safety, organizers said. It will include an endowed chair in ingredient safety.

Among the ingredients safety center's goals are expanding basic and applied research on the safety and toxicology of ingredients in food, packaging, cosmetics and household care products. It also will seek to develop and validate testing methods and strategies for evaluating ingredient safety.



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