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Food Additives: Industrial Uses, Value and Safety

  • N. Goldenberg

Abstract

The present paper surveys the industrial uses of ‘food additives’ and their value to the Food Industry, and to the public in general. ‘Contaminants’ are also discussed but not in detail.

The author takes the view that there is a place for food additives in the Food Industry of today provided that (i) they are toxicologically safe; (ii) there is a real need for them, whether economic or technological; (iii) they are used only in specific products at no more than permitted concentrations, and (iv) that they are not used to ‘coverup’ inefficient processing in manufacture. Their value to the Food Industry of today (processing, transportation, distribution, sale and storage in the home) is not in doubt, provided that the above provisos are adhered to.

The assessment of the safety of food additives and their control-inuse by legislation and by the Industry are also discussed, as well as the close co-operation which exists in practice between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the Food Industry and its various Trade Organisations.

Although legislation and legislative guidelines exist and have to be implemented, it is even more important to have government-byconsensus. This is both more efficient and more likely to be implemented.

Keywords

Food Additive Food Poisoning Sorbic Acid Chief Medical Officer Potassium Bromate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Goldenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Marks & Spencer LimitedLondonUK

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