Food additives are used in food manufacturing or for the manufacturing or storage of foods. They contain preservatives, sweeteners, and flavoring agents.
Although food additives contribute largely to the delivery of a variety of foods today, much caution is required to ensure the safety of additives which, unlike foods, do not have a long history of human consumption. You can visit www.bryantchristie.com/BCGlobal-Subscriptions/Food-Additive-Database to know about food additives standards.
The Food standard authorizes their use only if they have no chance of harming human health. The upper authority periodically takes reasonable steps to monitor the safety of approved food additives, e.g. by surveying daily intake rates per person.
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"Food additive" means substances that are used in the food during the food processing process or substances used for food processing or preservation purposes.
Consequently, "food additive" covers both substances that remain in the final products, such as food additives and preservatives and substances that are not left in the final products, such as microorganism control agents and filtration aids.
Processing aid means any product or item, not including equipment or utensils, and not used by itself as a food ingredient, deliberately used in the processing of raw materials, foods or their ingredients, to serve a certain technical function during treatment or processing and which may result in the non-intentional, yet unavoidable, the existence of residues or derivatives in the final process.
The Food Sanitation Law requires the Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare to prepare an official list of requirements and standards relating to food additives. The list includes requirements for the composition of individual additives, as well as guidelines for the manufacture and use of these.
The compilation is revised every few years to incorporate new and improved research methods in line with the developments in science and technology and to achieve international standard harmonization.