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Controversial Ingredients

What makes an ingredient controversial?

Published on Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:29



  • Concerns about safety or correct use
  • Differences of opinion
  • Incorrect or incomplete information
  • Ethical considerations

Food Facts verifies Ingredients before we label them as Controversial. All of our controversial ingredients are highlighted in orange to help you easily identify them. You can also click on them for more information.

Information comes from FDA (Food and Drug Administration), CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest), other nations (Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany) institutions of higher learning, medical institutions and other independent, non-biased groups.

We will not state that you can’t eat any foods or ingredients, since we have a responsibility to impartially inform you what others are claiming.

Food Facts forms an expert and independent consensus. For example – while the FDA classifies food dyes as "GRAS," or "Generally Recognized as Safe," the Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the United Kingdom believes there is a possible link to hyperactivity in children.  We therefore rate food dyes as Controversial to inform our members that the scientific and medical community does not have a consensus on the safety of this ingredient.