The Misinformation Industry

Published — April 17, 2015

Why nobody knows what’s really going into your food

Companies are taking advantage of a legal loophole allowing them to deem a food additive “generally recognized as safe” without the FDA’s blessing or knowledge.

Introduction

Why doesn’t the government know what’s in your food? Because industry can declare on their own that added ingredients are safe. It’s all thanks to a loophole in a 57-year-old law that allows food manufacturers to circumvent the approval process by regulators. This means companies can add substances to their food without ever consulting the Food and Drug Administration about potential health risks. Animation by: Phillip Allen. Produced by: Eleanor Bell, Jared Bennett, Erin Quinn & Chris Young. Read the video transcript.

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