Congress plans probe GRAS approval process

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WASHINGTON — Representatives John Dingell, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Bart Stupak, chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, plan to launch a probe into a Food and Drug Administration approval process called "generally recognized as safe."

The two Michigan Representatives are looking into whether meat treated with carbon monoxide creates a public-health risk. The treatments are considered GRAS and, as such, don’t require F.D.A. approval.

The two also sent letters to grocery-market retailer Safeway Inc., meat processors Tyson Foods, Inc., Hormel Foods Corp., and Cargill, as well as Pactiv, a packaging company, with questions about how the companies handle the process and what systems are in place to handle consumer complaints.

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