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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Preservatives Used in Common Food items & their Prescribed Quantities

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Chemical substances that are added to food products for their preservation are called as additives. These substances keep the products safe against being spoilt and do not alter their taste. About 3000 chemical substances have so far been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for their applications as direct additives. Nowadays, Benzoic acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sulphur dioxide and Sodium metabisulphite are popularly used as food additives. These substances include artificial sweeteners (such as Aspartame and Saccharin), fat replacement agents such as simplesse , colours(FD & C Yellow No-5) that are used in beverages, ice- creams, cereals and other foods.

Additives and preservatives encourage us to keep agricultural produce for longer period. On the other hand they help us in preparing many types delicious items.

Following table presents brief information regarding different edible items prepared and canned for sale in the markets.

Key Words : additives, preservatives

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