Associated Press article A new report says food additives used in cooking and food-related products are safe, but there are no clear answers as to which foods are safe or not.
The report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the nonprofit Center for Food Safety also found that some of the food additives on the market are not tested for safety.
The group has long criticized food additives, including artificial sweeteners, coloring and preservatives, as unsafe.
But its new report, published Monday, said there is little scientific evidence that food additives can harm people or increase the risk of diseases, including cancer.
It also found no clear evidence that the additive used in some of those products is harmful.
“There’s a lack of solid evidence to support claims that food additive use is unsafe,” said Sarah Gertz, senior vice president of public policy at the Center.
“If anything, the evidence suggests that some food additives may be beneficial, or at least that the health risks associated with the use of those ingredients are small.”
The report also found many food additives do not contain the same amount of ingredients as they do in foods.
For example, some of these additives are added to foods to enhance flavor, make them more appealing or to make them easier to eat.
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a group that promotes healthy eating, says it does not endorse or support any food additives.
The agency does, however, work to help people understand the benefits and risks of some food ingredients.
The Institute of Medicine, a nonpartisan group of scientists, says there is strong evidence that people who consume a lot of processed foods have lower blood pressure and that consuming a lot, particularly sugary, sweetened and starchy foods is linked to a greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
But it does have other research to support its conclusions.
The American Heart Association, a trade group, has said that food supplements, such as those that have been linked to heart problems, are safe.
The Food and Drug Administration says it reviews all claims for and against food additives as part of its approval process.
A spokeswoman for the Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.