Food additives
Overview

A food additive (definition) is any substance that, when added to a food, becomes part of that food or affects its characteristics.

Food additives do not include:

  • any nutritive material that is used, recognized or commonly sold as an article of food or an ingredient of food
  • vitamins, mineral nutrients and amino acids, except those listed in the lists of permitted food additives spices, seasonings, flavouring preparations (definition), essential oils, oleoresins and natural extractives agricultural chemicals, except those listed in the tables to lists of permitted food additives
  • food packaging materials and their components
  • drugs recommended for administration to animals that may be consumed as food[B.01.001(1), FDR; 1, SFCR]
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