The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has launched a mobile application of its “Chemical Cuisine” glossary of food additives to bring safety ratings directly to consumers’ smart phones. The CSPI app provides a list of safe additives and flags those “that everybody should avoid, as well as a number of additives most people would do well to cut back on,” according to CSPI.

“Shopping for groceries was a lot easier when more food came from farms, and not factories,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael Jacobson. “And the tens of thousands of packaged foods on supermarket shelves have a bewildering array of chemical food additives, designed to variously enhance the taste, texture, color, or shelf life of the product.” See CSPI Press Release, April 22, 2011.