More importantly, the enhanced coordination between the European Union, United States, and other developed countries could improve food safety worldwide. The European Union has just launched a system-wide re-evaluation on all approved food additives, colors and sweeteners,2 which will potentially have great impact on international trade of food products. It would be helpful for American and European regulators to cooperate on developing common standards for food additives.
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