If we want to have a correct understanding of food additives, first of all, we should know clearly what are food additives and what are illegal additives. Illegal additives like Sudan, melamine, lean, etc are not food additives. In the current food safety issues, they were all not caused by the legal use of food additives. Vilified food additive to meet the psychological needs of consumers will not solve the food security problem, instead it will make food safety problem solving goes astray.
Currently, China has more than 2,500 kinds of food additives. each food additive is subject to verification of identification, evaluation, and validation. According to the technical necessity of food additives and food safety risk assessment, to meet the food safety requirements in accordance with the license.
There are four main purposes of use of food additives in the foods processing:
1. in order to maintain or improve the nutritional value of foods, such as vitamin c in concentrate fruit juice; variety of vitamin, mineral added to infant formula milk powder is nutrition enhancer
2. improve the quality of food, such as antioxidants. With antioxidants, people do not need to worry too much about cooking oil go rancid;
3. improving the sensory characteristics of food, such as emulsifiers, thickeners in ice cream, they make the ice cream not like ice;
4. facilitate the production and distribution of food. People can by their loved food from other countries.
Understand the characteristics of the products correctly, and food additive should be viewed objectively. Add non-edible substances in the food are a serious threat to people's food safety, but also hinder health food industry development. For a long time, confuse the boundaries of food additives and non-edible substances, non-edible substances added to food additives, deepening public misunderstanding of food additives.
Food additives refers to synthetic or natural material that improve food quality, color, aroma, taste, as well as for the reason of antiseptic, fresh-keeping and processing technology. They play an important role in the food industry development and ensuring food security. When you refuse all food additives, you have largely rejected the modern "food".
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