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Non-Nutritional Ingredients and Additives

Some materials with no nutritional value are also added to food and beverage products. These ingredients and additives are designed to make the food smell better, taste better, last longer, and/or look better. Areas of interest include:
  • Flavors & Fragrances (raw materials, aroma, volatiles, essential oils, and enantiomers)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Preservatives (other than antioxidants) such as sorbate, benzoate, parabens, and nitrates
  • Food Dyes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has assigned codes (E numbers) for food additives used within the European Union (the "E" prefix stands for "Europe"). They are commonly found throughout the European Union on food labels. A cross-reference of our analytical standards to E numbers is included for convenince.