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food ad·di·tives

(fūd adi-tivz)
Natural and chemical agents added to prepared foods to enhance some aspect of the food (e.g., shelf life, appearance, nutrition levels).

food additives

Substances, numbered in thousands, added to food for purposes of preservation, appearance, flavour, texture or nutritional value. Without additives, much food would soon be spoiled and wasted. Common additives include vitamins, minerals and trace elements in bread, cereals, milk, margarine, table salt, fruit drinks and baby foods. Flavouring and colourings include sugar, salt, mustard, pepper, monosodium glutamate and tartrazine. Preservatives include salt, sugar, sodium nitrite, sodium benzoate, and the anti-oxidants BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole).
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But the demand for food additives is quite dynamic with food ingredient suppliers and manufacturers focusing on enhancing existing products through innovative technologies that can satisfy customer's requirements and introducing new product in the market.
European Commission Food and Feed Safety, Current Community Legislation: Food additives (http://ec.
The contents are presented as follows: Introduction and General considerations followed by technical data on two classes of food additives viz.
Most of the FDA tests on food additives are conducted and paid for by the manufacturer, so there is a built-in potential for ethical conflicts.
He developed the Feingold diet, which totally restricts intake of these foods and food additives.
It is used as a food additive to gel, thicken, and stabilize foods.
Food additives are regulated at the European Union by a directive which defines a food additive - except a colour or sweetener - as any substance with or without nutritional value.
The parliament rejected an amendment calling on the Commission to review the safety levels for all food additives, to amend them in line of the needs of children's health.
food additive intake assessment, risks and benefits of food additives, consumer attitudes to food additives, to those relating to specific functional groups of additives, e.
As early as 1969, a recommendation was published in the United Kingdom that antibiotics used to treat infections in humans not be used as animal food additives (8).
In all the studies, the capsules, foods, and meals tested on the children sometimes contained food additives of suspect foods and sometimes didn't.

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