Michigan State University, with partnership and support from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the food, beverage, and consumer products industries, established the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS).
An independent, academic, science-based center, CRIS will serve as a reliable and unbiased source for information, research, training, and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods, beverages, cosmetics, and household consumer products.
The center will work to achieve the following goals:
• Expand basic and applied research on the safety and toxicology of ingredients in food, packaging, cosmetics, and household care products
• Develop and validate testing methods and strategies for evaluating the safety of ingredients in food, packaging, cosmetics, and household care products
• Establish a graduate training program that prepares scientists for a career in assessing the safety and toxicology of ingredients in food, packaging, cosmetics, and household care products that includes training in risk assessment and U.S. and international regulatory policies
• Inform the public, health professionals, regulators, and the scientific community on research matters reflecting the state-of-the-science pertaining to the safety and toxicology of ingredients in food, packaging, cosmetics, and household care products
CRIS is supported through the establishment of a $4M endowed chair that will be funded with contributions provided by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and individual corporate donors, which include Abbott Nutrition, Bumblebee Seafoods, Bush Brothers & Company, Campbell Soup Company, Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra Foods, Ecolab, General Mills, The Hershey Company, Hormel, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods Group, McCormick & Company, Mondelēz Global LLC, PepsiCo, and Unilever.