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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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The law requires that any substance that is added to or is expected to become a component of animal food, either directly or indirectly, must be used in accordance with a food additive petition, unless it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS).
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.
They searched the FDA's database and found that, for about 80 percent of food additives, the agency lacked relevant information, including toxicity data, about the safe amount to eat.
Therefore, in this work, the development of a RP-HPLC system for the simultaneous determination of some food additives (aspartame, acesulfame potassium, benzoic acid, sodium saccharin, tartrazine and sunset yellow).
I've studied sensitivity to aspirin and people who are sensitive to it are likely to be sensitive to food additives like artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
food additive regulatory program, according to a statement from the authors.
The International Food Additive Database will be an invaluable tool in helping to expand export markets for US specialty and processed food products," said Pamela G.
GRAS or Generally Recognized As Safe first appeared in the Food Additives Amendment (1958) to the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.
NHU produces health supplements, pharmaceutical intermediates, flavours and fragrances, as well as food additives.
Evaluation of certain food additives and contaminants, Sixty-eighth Report of Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (World Health Organization, Geneva) 2008.
Shoppers' concerns over food additives were based on "badly researched, sensationalist articles in the Daily Mail", he added.
Published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, the study is landmark in that it demonstrated an impact of artificial food additives on children in general, not just those previously diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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