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December 2013 Issue

“GRAS” Ingredients and “Live, Active Cultures”

What does “GRAS” mean in reference to ingredients?

GRAS is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe, used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to distinguish between food additives and other substances added to foods that are deemed safe, such as vinegar, vegetable oil, baking powder, salts, spices, flavors, and preservatives.

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