Reference Entry

food additive

Edited by Elizabeth Martin and Robert Hine

in A Dictionary of Biology

Seventh edition

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198714378
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191782770
food additive

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A substance added to a food during its manufacture or processing in order to improve its keeping qualities, texture, appearance, or stability or to enhance its taste or colour. Additives are usually present in minute quantities; they include colouring materials, sweeteners, preservatives (...

Reference Entry.  88 words. 

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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