Verifiy legal compliance and product specification compliance through additive analysis
Additives are substances included in foods for technological purposes (to improve their appearance, texture, resistance to micro-organisms, etc.) at different stages of manufacture, transport or storage.
All additives used in the EU must be evaluated and authorised. To do so, various conditions must be met. It must be proven that the additives are safe in quantity, that they are required in the foods for which they have been approved, and that they will not mislead consumers. The additives must be included in the food composition table, indicating their function in the food. They can be listed by name or by their E-number, a code for which they are authorised in the European Union.
Food additives are quantified for the following reasons:
- To verify their legislative compliance
- To ensure the quality of the products (compliance with specifications)