Additives and Contaminants

  • W. Jeffrey Hurst
  • John W. Finley
  • John M. deMan
Part of the Food Science Text Series book series (FSTS)


For centuries, ingredients man has utilized food additives to improve and preserve foods. For centuries, we have used salt to preserve meats and fish, added herbs and spices to improve the flavor of foods, preserved fruit with sugar, and pickled vegetables like in a vinegar solution. Consumers now have the expectation of flavorful, nutritious, safe, convenient, colorful and affordable. Food additives and processing techniques help =deliver foods with these attributes. There is also a strong consumer desire for clean labels and foods without additives. This presents the food chemist with many conundrums about the use of additives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Jeffrey Hurst
    • 1
  • John W. Finley
    • 2
  • John M. deMan
    • 3
  1. 1.The Hershey Company Technical CenterHersheyUSA
  2. 2.Louisiana State UniversityLakewood RanchUSA
  3. 3.Department of Food ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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