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food additive

additive (def 4).
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Examples for food additive
  • Pot is not a food additive whose health hazards need to be tested on rodents.
  • Once a food additive is approved, any manufacturer of food or food packaging may use the food additive.
  • The children diagnosed with hyperactivity reacted to the food additive challenge but the other children did not.
  • It is already widely used as a gelling agent and a food additive.
British Dictionary definitions for food additive

food additive

any of various natural or synthetic substances, such as salt, monosodium glutamate, or citric acid, used in the commercial processing of food as preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, etc, in order to preserve or add flavour, colour, or texture to processed food
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Encyclopedia Article for food additive

any of various chemical substances added to foods to produce specific desirable effects. Additives such as salt, spices, and sulfites have been used since ancient times to preserve foods and make them more palatable. With the increased processing of foods in the 20th century, there came a need for both the greater use of and new types of food additives. Many modern products, such as low-calorie, snack, and ready-to-eat convenience foods, would not be possible without food additives.

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