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It’s been a long time coming: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may finally get access to the Groceries Manufacturing Association’s (GMA) database of food chemicals. The FDA wants to know and the public wants to know: are the chemicals added to processed foods safe? And folks, there’s roughly 10,000 chemicals allowed in foods.

Interestingly, the GMA is sharing the information voluntarily (preempting what may have been eventually legally mandated by the Feds).

processed food - cookieLet’s face it, the general public has been gradually “wising up” to the negative health consequences of eating processed foods due to their FOOD ingredients. All that sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour and hydrogenated oil is bad. Buzz words like “sugar belly”, “wheat belly”, and “single ingredient foods” are taking off. Processed food’s reputation is taking a few hits.

So what sort of reaction by the public will transpire when the scrutiny turns to the CHEMICALS that routinely go into manufactured foods? Once the GMA shares their database, the fox won’t be watching the hen house anymore. Whoa boy. This could be a bumpy ride.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If the public demands it, and let’s hope they do, we may end up with healthier options in the long run.