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Some food additives raise safety concerns for child health; AAP offers guidance


By Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., FAAP

Rapidly accumulating scientific evidence suggests that certain chemicals added during the processing of foods and those that may come into contact with food as part of packaging or processing may contribute to disease and disability.

More than 10,000 chemicals are allowed to be added to food in the U.S., but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unable to ensure all of those chemicals are safe.