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[food additives] introduction
Many natural products, like fruits and vegetables, can be used as food without any modification. Many organic and even inorganic products can serve as ingredients for man-made food. Both food types may be treated by additives for new or enhanced properties.
The use of e-codes
E-numbers, or e-codes, are being used to show a certain substance has been approved by the European community as food additive. Once a substance has been given an E-number it doesn't mean the substance may be used in any kind of product. Furthermore these codes neither mean the additives are safe in all cases nor do they make clear what is the origin of a particular additive (natural, artificial, ...).
Purpose of this site
The use of E-numbers in real products should help you:
The complete list of product data used for this site can be obtained as html table.