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Any substance added to food in order to change certain characteristics of the food.


Food additives added to change or modify the following:

  1. maintain product consistency,
  2. improve or maintain nutritional value,
  3. maintain palatability or wholesomeness,
  4. provide leavening or control pH, or
  5. enhance flavor or impart desired color.

Additional sources

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (1991). Everything Added to Food in the United States. Boca Raton, Florida: C.K. Smoley (c/o CRC Press, Inc.).
  • The Food Labelling Regulations (1984)
  • Advanced Modular Science, Nelson, Food and Health, by John Adds, Erica Larkcom and Ruth Miller

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