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Ingredients and Additives

Ingredients and Additives

From salt and spices to food colourings and preservatives, an ingredient is any substance or product, including flavourings, food additives and food enzymes used in the manufacture or the preparation of a food. It is still present in the finished product, even in altered form. 

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Food additives play an important role in today’s complex global food supply chain. They help maintain the qualities and characteristics of food that consumers demand, ensuring it remains safe, nutritious and appetizing in the process from “farm to fork.”

The use of additives is strictly regulated. It must be considered to have a proven utility, be safe for consumption and not misleading to the consumer.

Mérieux NutriSciences provides analyses for quantification of food ingredients and additives including colourings, preservatives, flavouring and product enhancers.

Most commonly ingredients and additives tested

Commonly tested ingredients and additives include:

  • Aminoacids (carnitine, choline, taurine, creatinine)
  • Preservatives (sulfur dioxide, sorbic acid and benzoic acid, parabens, propionic acid)
  • Antioxidants (BHT , BHA, gallates, resveratrol)
  • Sweeteners (aspartame , saccharin, cyclamate)
  • Dyes (natural – carotenoids, beta -carotene, lutein, curcumin , astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, artificial colorings)
  • Acidulants (lactic, citric, tartaric)
  • Other additives (phosphates, glutamates, propylene glycol, vanillin , alcohols, Pimaricin, natamycin, nucleotides)
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