Jane M. Caldwell

Like “natural,” the term “clean label” is consumer driven with no official definition, regulations, or guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Data from numerous market research surveys indicate that to most consumers, clean label means foods with a short list of ingredients that are natural, organic, and free from preservatives and functional additives, with no chemical or unrecognizable components.

Despite the added expense of producing pro…

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Jane M. Caldwell, PhD, contributing editor and owner of Caldwell Food Safety LLC, is a freeland science and health writer and host of the On Medical Grounds podcast ([email protected]).