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Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers in food

Ice cream is another food that would not exist were it not for emulsifiers.

Oil and water don’t mix but they do form emulsions – and these are crucial to the consistency of a number of foodstuffs. Nature is good at making emulsions, and the classic example is milk, where a complex mixture of fat droplets are suspended in an aqueous solution. Emulsifiers are

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Use of food additives ‘safer and more transparent’ thanks to new legislation.

Safer and more transparent use. The use of additives in food will soon become even safer and more transparent thanks to legislation adopted by the European Commission. “This represents a landmark in our efforts to strengthen food safety in the EU,” says Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli (pictured).

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Global additives market on the up

Global sales of food and drink additives reached £17.3 billion last year, according to a new report. The best performing sectors include enzymes, acidulants and hydrocolloids, says Leatherhead Food Research’s report The Global Food Additives Market, with a growing demand for low fat, salt and sugar products – as well

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Salt in bread

THE STORY: A third of breads contain more salt than recommended under guidelines being introduced next year, according to campaign group CASH (Campaign for Action on Salt and Health). The figures came after the Department of Health announced that bread accounts for more salt in our diet than any other

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Chemist in the kitchen

A page from our first website! If you want to know more about how food additives tie in with the chemistry that goes on in the kitchen, a downloadable booklet entitled ‘In the mix’ is accessible from the home page, or from the image on this page. Chemicals have always

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