The Grocery Manufacturers Association and its member companies have teamed with Michigan State University (MSU) to establish the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS), which will provide analysis and information on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods.
The independent research center, which will be housed at MSU, will focus on allergen and microbiological safety relating to foods, beverages, cosmetics and household consumer products.
CRIS will be governed by an advisory board composed of multiple stakeholders, including academic, industry, NGO and regulatory representatives.
Also partnering on the endeavor is the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, which will lead the communications component by developing innovative approaches to connecting the CRIS research with stakeholders.
“Ensuring the safety of our products - and maintaining the confidence of consumers - is the single most important goal of our industry,” said GMA’s chief science officer, Dr. Leon Bruner. “We are very pleased to be part of the founding of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety.The center will be an independent resource for a broad range of stakeholders that provides unbiased analysis and information on the safety of ingredients used in foods and consumers products.”