Food Safety & Nutrition

Our food and nutrition specialists have extensive experience in the food industry, government, and consulting, and recognized expertise in dietary exposure and safety evaluation, food science, nutrition, and regulatory support. Exponent provides regulatory strategy and conducts safety assessments for food additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances, and new dietary ingredients, and prepares the scientific support for claims, including health, nutrient content, and structure/function. We also provide dietary intake estimates for the U.S. and other countries.

Our services include: 

  • Safety evaluations
  • Intake and nutritional content assessments, including demographic factors and trends
  • Dietary and nutritional modeling and risk impact assessment of proposed levels of additives, fortification, nutraceuticals, and supplements
  • Toxicology and hazard evaluations
  • Literature reviews
  • Study design and data analysis             

Regulatory Strategy and Support  

  • Domestic Agencies: FDA, FTC, EPA, USDA
  • Codex Alimentarius
  • Submissions and dossiers, position papers, and presentations
  • GRAS notifications and food additive petitions
  • Packaging, food contact substance premarket notifications, and petitions
  • Nutrient content, structure-function, and health claims
  • "Prior use" determinations
  • "Substantial equivalence" determinations

Science-Based Strategies 

  • Recalls
  • Risk communication
  • Crisis management
  • Biotechnology
  • Pesticides
  • Microbiological hazards

Exponent’s multidisciplinary scientific team is strengthened by its senior members' international experience with government agencies, Codex Alimentarius, international organizations including FAO, WHO, and the World Bank, and multinational companies. In addition, we work with members of Exponent’s Environmental Science, and Data/Risk Analysis practices, giving us a broad background from which to serve our clients.

Exponent’s Food and Chemicals professionals are well known for helping clients to successfully manage non-routine, scientifically complex, and highly visible crisis situations. We provide our clients with convincing science, and we communicate that science effectively to diverse target audiences.

In addition to its own regulatory analysis staff, Exponent maintains a network of scientific experts in key regions of the world. With this network, we offer clients international services with the benefit of cost-effective localized expertise and representation. The UK office monitors and has timely access to information for meeting regulatory requirements, and for managing issues and developments in the EU and member countries.

Food Consumption Databases and Customized Software

Exponent’s Food and Chemicals scientists are internationally recognized as leaders in the development of methods and tools for dietary intake estimation. Intake assessments are a cornerstone of safety evaluation for ingredients, contaminants, and pathogens. In addition, clients are finding these assessments increasingly valuable for guiding decision making in these times of shrinking resources - for prioritizing issues, identifying promising product development opportunities, and avoiding unforeseen consequences.

We have developed special software for customized assessments that tap the wealth of information from databases and surveys such as the CSFII (USDA Continuing Surveys of Food Intake by Individuals), NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), United Kingdom food consumption databases, national consumption data summaries from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Japan, China, Korea, Chile, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and many others.



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