All about food additives
WHAT IS A FOOD ADDITIVE?
Food additives are substances added to foodstuffs to perform some technological functions, for example to colour, sweeten or help preserve foods.
In the European Union all food additives are identified by an E number. They are always included in the ingredients lists of foods in which they are used. Product labels must identify both the function of the additive in the finished food product (e.g. colour, preservative) and the specific substance used either by referring to the E number or its name (e.g. E300 or Ascorbic acid).
WHICH SUBSTANCES ARE AUTHORISED AND HOW?
Food additives can be used in foods and are authorised for human consumption if they do not pose a risk to the consumer at the applied level of use.
Under EU legislation, the authorisation procedure starts with submission of a formal request to the European commission consisting of an application dossier on the substance, containing scientific data on its proposed uses and use levels. After an evaluation of the safety of the substance by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), the European Commission decides whether or not to authorise the additive for the intended uses. The substance is then included in the EU list of permitted food additives.
Here is a list of the main green additives that we use in our products and their roles.