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The Handbook of Food Additives, Second Edition has been extensively updated and expanded in this new edition. It describes more than 4700 trade names, and more than 3300 generic chemicals and materials, available from worldwide manufacturers, that function as direct additives in food that is available for consumption. Food additives are used to: (1) maintain or improve the overall nutritional quality of the food, (2) preserve the quality and shelf life of the food, and (3) make the food more appealing to the consumer through modification of taste, texture and appearance. These are intentionally added to a food to affect its overall quality. Substances reasonably expected to become a part of the food in trace amounts as a result of any aspect of production, processing, storage, or packaging are also included. Entries in this reference for both trade names and chemicals contain extensive information that comprehensively profiles each product. This reference is unique in that it functions as a single source for information on both the trade name products and the chemicals that are used as food additives throughout the world. It includes summaries of regulatory information for the United States, Europe, and Japan. The products described in this Handbook are cross referenced in multiple ways: chemical composition, function/application, CAS number, EINECS number, FEMA number, and E/INS numbers, and US CFR regulatory numbers.