Providing expert insights into the science of ingredient safety
There is a need for consumers to have access to clear, understandable and credible web-based expert information on the science of ingredient safety.
We are collaborating with the Michigan State University Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS) to provide consumers and others with clear, understandable and credible web-based expert information on the science of ingredient safety, that is grounded in evidence and responsive to consumer needs.
Our goal is to provide consumers and others, through the CRIS Bits blog and additional media outlets, with high quality, credible, relevant and understandable web-based information that helps them make sense of ingredient safety issues, and make informed choices.
In the Ingredient Safety project, we are providing independent, credible public information on food and consumer product ingredient safety through avenues that include working with journalists, publishing on media websites such as The Conversation, and producing the blog CRIS Bits, an editorially independent blog providing expert insights into the science of ingredient safety.
Funding for the Ingredient Safety project comes from the Michigan State University Center for Research on Ingredient Safety.
With additional funding, we can expand our work in the realm of science communication. Work could include developing applied projects around other key public issues or conducting empirical research on effective communication strategies.
Andrew Maynard – Lead
Diana Bowman – Co-lead
Keri Szejda – Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety and editor of CRIS Bits
Dr. Keri Szejda
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety and editor of CRIS Bits.
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The primary platform for the Ingredient Safety project is the website CRIS Bits. Here, under the guidance of editor Keri Szejda, regular articles are posted providing insights into current interests and research around ingredient safety.
While the project and CRIS Bits are affiliated with the Michigan State University Center for Research on Ingredient Safety, they retain editorial independence. Specifically, CRIS Bits operates under the following guiding principles: At CRIS Bits we will:
- Inform public understanding and dialogue on the safety of ingredients in food and consumer products, with knowledge-based writing that is responsible, ethical and supported by evidence.
- Make understandable and relevant the knowledge and insights of researchers and other experts, to provide readers with clarity and insight into topical issues around ingredient safety.
- Provide a fact-based and editorially independent platform, free of bias and advocacy.
- Support academic freedom to write and publish on issues of relevance to society.
- Protect editorial freedom in all partnerships.
- Ensure accurate, relevant, high quality, and understandable content by using experienced editors.
- Be open, transparent and accountable. Where errors occur we will correct them transparently.
- Work with our contributors and partners to ensure we are serving the public good in everything we do.
You can read the latest the latest articles on CRIS Bits here.
We also publish regularly on The Conversation as part of the Ingredient Safety project.
Recent articles include:
- Will requiring food stamp retailers to sell more healthy food make it easier for SNAP recipients to eat better?
- Dunkin’ Donuts ditches titanium dioxide – but is it actually harmful?
- No, metal oxide nanoparticles in your food won’t kill you
CRIS Bits is part of the Michigan State University Center for Research on Ingredient Safety