Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about food ingredients.  One example of this is 4-MEI – which is formed as a byproduct in some foods and beverages during the normal cooking process.  4-MEI can be found in very small amounts in caramel coloring, which is an ingredient that has been widely used in the food supply for decades -- including in soy sauce, molasses, coffee, colas, desserts, dark beer, wine and many other foods.  4-MEI forms when coffee beans are roasted and when meats are grilled.  Leading regulatory agencies and public health organizations around the world have repeatedly confirmed its safety, including: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and Health Canada.

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