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A food additive (definition) is any substance that, when added to a food, becomes part of that food or affects its characteristics.
Food additives do not include:
- any nutritive material that is used, recognized or commonly sold as an article of food or an ingredient of food;
- vitamins, mineral nutrients and amino acids, except those listed in the lists of permitted food additives;
- spices, seasonings, flavouring preparations (definition), essential oils, oleoresins and natural extractives;
- agricultural chemicals, except those listed in the tables to lists of permitted food additives;
- food packaging materials and their components; and
- drugs recommended for administration to animals that may be consumed as food; [B.01.001(1), FDR; 2(1), Processed Products Regulations].
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