What you always wanted to know about food additives
but had no one to ask
Food additives have been used by mankind for centuries. Salt, sugar and vinegar were among the first and used to preserve foods. In the past 30 years, however, with the advent of processed foods, there has been a massive explosion in the chemical adulteration of foods with additives. Considerable controversy has been associated with the potential threats and possible benefits of food additives.
Most food additives are cosidered safe. However, some are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. Hyperactivity in children,
and migraines are often associated with adverse reations to food additives.
Since 1987 Australia has had an approved system of labelling for additives in packaged foods. Each food additive has to be named or numbered. The numbers are the same as in Europe, but without the prefix 'E'.
E100-E181 - Coloring Agents
E200-E290 - Preservatives
E400-E495 - Vegetable Gums, Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, etc
E620-E637 - Flavor Enhancers, MSG