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Colourings and preservatives in food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6526689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Colours and preservatives are only two of the many classes of additives in food but they are of interest because many reported cases of sensitivity involve these two groups of substances. Preservatives present the greatest potential health hazard being, by definition, biologically active. Colours and other additives are required to perform a technological function whilst remaining as biologically inert as possible. Food additives are controlled by the Food and Drugs Act 1955 on the basis of advice from the Food Advisory Committee (FAC). Lists of the permitted preservatives and colourings are available, together with details of restrictions on their uses; this information is continually being updated. Food labelling regulations mean that some information about additives can be determined from the labelling--but even if an additive is not listed on the package, one cannot always assume that it is not present in the product, since additives coming through in the original ingredients need not always be listed. Other exemptions also exist, so there can be no absolute certainty about the presence, or absence, of a specific additive. That information can only be obtained by contacting the manufacturer.
W H Denner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human nutrition. Applied nutrition     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0263-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Nutr Appl Nutr     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-04-10     Completed Date:  1985-04-10     Revised Date:  2007-02-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207515     Medline TA:  Hum Nutr Appl Nutr     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  435-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Food Coloring Agents / adverse effects*,  standards
Food Hypersensitivity / etiology
Food Preservatives / adverse effects*,  standards
Great Britain
Legislation, Food
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Food Coloring Agents; 0/Food Preservatives

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