Food Additives

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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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