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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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Highly competitive the Global Food Additives Market appears fragmented owing to the presence of a sizeable number of well-established players.
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"Consumers' knowledge and safety perceptions of food additives: Evaluation on the effectiveness of transmitting information on preservatives." Food Control, 2011; 22.7: 1054-1060.
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.
"This state of affairs might not matter if all food additives were safe at current levels of intake.
As a natural outcome, analysis of food additives came into focus, especially for the assessment of their harmful potentials and quantitative or qualitative value of risks related to their use [1].
The federal government also made safety decisions on 1,483 direct food additives, 3,007 indirect food additives, 802 food-contact substances, 120 prior-sanctioned substances, 148 color additives, and 581 pesticide chemicals/residues.
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Summary: RIYADH: Participants of the first international conference on halal food under way in Riyadh on Monday stressed the dire need for legal standards to determine the lawfulness food additives.
"Congress established our food additive regulatory program more than 50 years ago, and it does not stand up well to scrutiny based on today's standards of science and public transparency," said Tom Neltner, Food Additives Project director in the Pew Health Group.
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