NEW YORK—A federal agency said Thursday it would require that flavoring compounds in foods used in catering, food preparation, barbecuing and food-service establishments, or food products made with flavoring materials, be tested for carcinogenicity by a third party.
The FDA is working to finalize rules that would require flavoring chemicals used in foods to be tested by independent laboratories for carcinogenicness.
The agency said in a statement that it would work with food manufacturers to test for carcinogens in their food.
The agency did not say what third-party testing would entail, although the FDA is seeking to ensure that food manufacturers provide sufficient information to consumers about the risks of using flavoring products.FDA Commissioner Andrew Kolodny said in an interview that the agency wants to see manufacturers of food products that are marketed as health food provide a good safety record.
FDA rules are the first step toward regulating flavoring substances, such as polyphenols, as they may pose risks for the health of consumers, the agency said.
If flavoring molecules in food do not meet the standards, the FDA said, it may not require manufacturers to provide additional information about their safety.
Companies that do not comply with the rules could face fines, the statement said.