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What are E numbers ?
· E numbers are used in food productions that
are labelled with a number
· They are chemicals that have been approved
for use by the EU
· They have gone through many years of testing
but there is always a safety risk
· There are 5 types of E numbers- flavourings
are not E numbers…read more

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Colours (E100- E199)
· These are used to enhance or change the
colour of a product
· They are used in many sweets, soft drinks and
ice ­creams
· They can be artificial or natural
· Certain colours may have an adverse affect on
hyperactivity…read more

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Preservatives (E200-E299)
· Preservatives are used to stop foods going off
and to keep food safer for longer
· They are used in most foods that have a long
shelf life
· They can be artificial of natural ( vinegar,
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Antioxidants (E300-E399)
· Antioxidants are used to stop fats, oils and
certain vitamins reacting with oxygen and
becoming rancid
· They are used in any foods that contain fats or
oils- meats pies, mayonnaise e.c.t.
· Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, E300) is most
commonly used…read more

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Emulsifiers, stabilisers, gelling agents and
thickeners (E400-E499)
· Emulsifiers are used to mix foods that would
normally separate ( oil and water)- used in ice-
cream, chocolate and cake
· Stabilisers are used to stop foods separating
after being emulsified (also used with emulsifiers
to give a consistent texture)
· Gelling agents are used to change the
consistency of foods- used in jams
· Thickeners are used to thicken…read more

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