Regulatory & Safety
In the United States, the Expert Panel of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) grants a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) designation to flavor ingredients that meet their standards. Since the Expert Panel was formed in 1960, the GRAS process has been used for over 2,800 flavor ingredients that are included in countless products around the world. For more information on the FEMA GRAS Program, visit www.flavorfacts.org.
GRAS determination by the Expert Panel allows immediate usage of flavor ingredients in the U.S. It also permits use in numerous other countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. All of the Senomyx flavor ingredients used in foods and beverages have been granted FEMA GRAS designation. Several have also been determined to be safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which allows for usage in the European Union. In addition, many Senomyx flavor ingredients have been reviewed successfully by the Joint Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) / World Health Organization of the United Nations (WHO) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), which allows immediate use in a number of countries and enables regulatory approvals elsewhere. Additionally, other countries such as China and Japan, have their own review process for flavor ingredients, enabling their use in food and beverage products.