The concept of food additives
1.The definition of Our country’s food additives
According to the provisions of my country’s Food Hygiene Law (1995), food additives are artificial or natural substances added to foods to improve food color, aroma, taste and other qualities, as well as for antiseptic and processing techniques. At present, there are 23 categories and more than 2000 varieties of food additives in China, including acidity regulators, anti-caking agents, antioxidants, bleaching agents, leavening agents, colorants, enzyme preparations, flavor enhancers , Nutrition enhancers, preservatives, sweeteners, thickeners, spices, etc.
2.Other country and organizations definition
Countries around the world have different definitions of food additives. The Joint Food Regulation Committee of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) defines food additives as: Food additives are consciously generally added to foods in small amounts to improve food Non-nutrient substances of appearance, flavor and organizational structure or storage properties. According to this definition, food fortifiers for the purpose of enhancing the nutritional content of food should not be included in the scope of food additives. EU: Food additives refer to any substances that are artificially added to food for technical purposes during the production, processing, preparation, handling, packaging, transportation or storage of food. United States: Food additives are substances that are intentionally used, cause or expect to cause them to become food ingredients or affect food characteristics directly or indirectly.
Food additives ≠ Illegal additives
When the public talks about the discoloration of food additives, it is more because they confuse the concept of illegal additives and food additives. It is obviously unfair to detain the crime of some illegal additives on the head of food additives. The “Notice of the General Office of the State Council on Strictly Fighting the Illegal Addition of Foods and Strengthening the Supervision of Food Additives” requires the regulation of the production and use of food additives: the use of non-edible substances for the production of compound food additives is strictly prohibited, and food additives with irregular labels and unknown sources are not allowed to be purchased In order to seriously investigate and deal with the abuse of food additives such as over-range and over-limit, meanwhile, it is required to formulate and publish general safety standards for compound food additives and labeling standards for food additives by the end of 2011.
What needs to be severely cracked down is the illegal additions in food, and the urgent need to regulate the production and use of food additives. There are some problems with food additives, such as unknown sources or improper materials. The most likely problem is abuse.
Experts remind the public that there is no need to panic about food additives. With the imminent introduction of relevant national standards, the production and use of food additives will be more standardized. Of course, you should strengthen your self-protection awareness and learn more about food safety. In particular, do not buy foods that are too bright in color, too thick in taste, and unusual in taste.