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Membership Classifications

Active Class A – Flavor Producers

The Class A Active Members of this association shall consist of such individuals, firms and corporations that are either based in the United States, or doing business in the United States through a related business entity, and that are engaged in the manufacture or sale to unrelated parties of flavors or flavor ingredients and syrups.

Active Class B – Consumer Product Manufacturers

The Class B Active Members of this association shall consist of such individuals, firms and corporations engaged in the use, or the manufacture and sale for their own use or use by related parties, of flavors or flavor ingredients and syrups.

Active Class C – International Members

The Class C Active Members of this association shall consist of such individuals, firms and corporations that sell or market flavors, flavor ingredients or syrups in the United States that are not based in the United States and do not do business in the United States through a related business entity.

Associate

Associate Members shall be such individuals, firms or corporations engaged as manufacturers, wholesalers or suppliers associated with the flavor industry who do not otherwise qualify for active membership and who the Board of Governors of the Association shall determine to be able to assist in promoting and carrying out the purposes of the Association. Associate Members are not eligible to utilize the FEMA GRAS™ program.

Please use the following definition of Flavors or Flavor Ingredients to review the correct membership classification for your company:

Any substance added to a product, the primary purpose of which is to modify, enhance, fortify or make more palatable that product in either taste or aroma or both, to those consuming it.  For the purpose of this definition, “flavor” includes, but is not limited to, all FEMA GRAS materials as well as spices, essential oils, oleoresins, aromatic chemicals, fruit concentrates, extracts, and any mixtures of these materials or products based primarily upon them.

Did You Know?

FEMA assisted the FDA in developing a standard for vanilla – the Agency’s only standard of identity for a flavoring ingredient.

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