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  • Food Additives
  • Source:EFSA(European food safety authority)        Mar 17,2017         287
    【Summary】

    Food additives are substances added intentionally to foodstuffs to perform certain technological functions, for example to colour, to sweeten or to help preserve foods.

    Food additives are substances added intentionally to foodstuffs to perform certain technological functions, for example to colour, to sweeten or to help preserve foods.

    In the European Union all food additives are identified by an E number. Food additives are always included in the ingredient lists of foods in which they are used. Product labels must identify both the function of the additive in the finished food (e.g. colour, preservative) and the specific substance used either by referring to the appropriate E number or its name (e.g. E 415 or Xanthan gum). The most common additives to appear on food labels are antioxidants (to prevent deterioration caused by oxidation), colours, emulsifiers, stabilisers, gelling agents and thickeners, preservatives and sweeteners.

    EFSA’s expert Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) carries out its safety evaluations of food additives. It reviews all available, relevant scientific data, including information on chemical and biological properties, potential toxicity and estimates of human dietary exposure. Based on these data, the Panel draws conclusions on the safety of the intended uses of the food additive for the consumers.
    The ANS Panel assesses the safety of new food additives and new uses of permitted food additives. Since 2009 the Panel has also been re-evaluating all then permitted food additives, completion of which is due by 2020.

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