Food Additives: Labelling
In principle, additives and flavourings, which are produced directly from genetically modified organisms to be labelled. Lecithin (E 322), for example, is used as an emulsifier in ice cream or chocolate in the stabilization of fat-in-water mixtures, it is often made from soy beans. Soy is, in turn, changed often genetically engineered to make the Plant against pathogens resistant to them. The EU imports from the USA, Argentina and Brazil, annually 35 to 40 millions of tons of soy and soy raw materials. All of the foods and ingredients that are completely or partially manufactured from genetically modified Corn or soy, you need to show on your label. In the list of ingredients of chocolate bars or ready-made soups will be in the future might read:
- “produced from genetically modified Maize” or
- “contains genetically modified soybean produced vegetable fat”.
Unfortunately, it is not clearly the labelling requirements for additives, vitamins and flavors that are produced with genetically modified microorganisms (e.g., Xanthan [E 415]) is regulated. At the time such materials are not marked extra.
Incomplete list of ingredients despite labeling
For most people, the reading of the ingredients list means rates are nothing more than puzzles. The problem is to find, for example, on the ingredients list for a fruit yogurt or quark, then nothing contained preservatives is, if the proportion of fruit preparation is less than 25 percent. You have not specified additives have to be if you are introduced by individual ingredients in a food. Who wants to be on the safe side you should pay attention to the additional imprint “without preservatives”.
In the case of a number of packaged foods with no ingredients list is required:
- alcoholic beverages with more than 1.2 Vol-% (exception: beer)
- Cocoa, Chocolate, Chocolates
- Food in very small packaging
- Condensed and dry milk products
In the case of loose food products sold, it is enough currently, if on a shield, only the group name of the additive is stated: “with the dye / preservative / flavor enhancer / sulphurised /waxed” with the succinct. Therefore, the consumer demand Central to legal improvements in a comprehensive and clear food labeling would not actually asking too much. When not required to be labelled product groups should be preferred when purchasing the manufacturers mark their products on a voluntary basis.
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- Food Additives: E-Numbers
- Food Additives: Possible Problems
- Food Additives: Labelling