The Journal of Food Science Features the Framework for Sensient’s Certasure™ Program

Signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in over 70 years. Its primary goal was to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe, by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. This reform couldn’t have come at a better time in the food industry, as the need for safe products and clear communication to consumers has never been more important.

Especially with the rising demand for natural ingredients, quality and safety are extremely important topics. At Sensient, we approach them in a similar manner to how the FDA approached FSMA—proactively. In fact, our integrated food safety program, Certasure, mimics the FSMA’s risk-mitigative strategy, but for natural food colors specifically.

This subject became a top priority for Sensient after finding that 1 in 4 commercially promoted raw materials for natural food color failed our basic Food Safety testing.



I can’t think of a better way to bring attention to this very important topic in the natural food color industry than a cover story. Today, I am very pleased to announce the whitepaper that laid the framework for Sensient’s Certasure™ program is the feature article of The Journal of Food Science’s November 2017 issue.

Written by a committee of esteemed scientists led by Dr. James Simon of Rutgers University, “Establishing Standards on Colors from Natural Sources” stresses the relevancy for natural color standards and outlines stringent procedures that should be taken in order to ensure the quality and safety of botanical colors.

At Sensient, safe and authentic natural color solutions are a key priority for us reflected by our Certasure program—an integrated food safety program for colors from plant sources that combines extensive quality testing, comprehensive vendor certification, full raw material traceability, and the best manufacturing practices to ensure all of our colors from natural sources meet required quality, safety and authenticity requirements.

“Our end goal with the Certasureprogram is to make it easy for brands to build trust with their consumers.”Tweet the quote above.

We hope our natural color testing protocols become the cornerstone for brands to easily build trust with their consumers, just as the FDA has done with the preventive refocus of FSMA.


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