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Why are additives given E numbers?

EU legislation requires most additives used in foods to be labelled clearly in the list of ingredients, either by name or by an E number.

This provides you with information about the use of additives in foods and allows you to avoid foods containing specific additives if you wish.

Giving an additive an E number means that it has passed safety tests and has been approved for use in the European Union.















































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