One of the charges of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is to assure that the use of food ingredients and color additives is safe. The authority for this mission is derived from the 1958 food additive and 1960 color additive amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Towards this end, CFSAN's Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) evaluates new petitions to determine if substances are considered safe for addition to the food supply. When a petition for a food additive or color additive is approved, a regulation identifying the conditions of use is published in the Federal Register. For information about additional food ingredient and food contact substance review programs in the Office of Food Additive Safety, consult the Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications and the Summary of all GRAS Notices; you may also search multiple Food Ingredient and Packaging Inventories.
The Final Rules: Food Additives and Color Additives dataset documents the final rules issued by the Office of Food Additive Safety since 2000. The Federal Register publication history, with the dates and citations for the final rules, is included along with other identifying information (such as docket numbers).
For more information about the petition process, see Questions and Answers About the Petition Process.